Sexism In Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell
Another argument for eliminating don’t-ask-don’t-tell, courtesy of* The New York Times‘* Thom Shanker:
The Army and Air Force discharged a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military, according to Pentagon statistics gathered by an advocacy group.
While women make up 14 percent of Army personnel, 46 percent of those discharged under the policy last year were women. And while 20 percent of Air Force personnel are women, 49 percent of its discharges under the policy last year were women.
By comparison for 2006, about 35 percent of the Army’s discharges and 36 percent of the Air Force’s were women, according to the statistics.
Now this is totally what you want during an era of military overstretch.