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Gays In The Military Essay

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The United States military isn’t shy when it comes to the issue of gays in the military. When people think of gays in the military they usually compare them to blacks in the military. Most people use this analogy because blacks “have been oppressed and excluded from the main stream” (John Sibley). During this time period not only were black, and gay excluded from the military but women were also seen as people who didn’t belong in the arm forces. Even thought blacks in the military had to go thru different things then gays in the military they still bring to question of Civil right. The history of military relationship to gays has drastically changed from a simple exclusion, to implementing ...view middle of the document...

1) which asked people for their sexual preference and according to their answer would automatically be disqualifies to join the military. This all lead to creation of a military that became anti-homosexual.
According to a extract from Department of Defense (DOD) Directive, the militaries definition of homosexuality in 1953 was “Homosexual means a person, regardless of sex, who engages in, desire to engage in, or intends to engage in homosexual acts”(B.R. Burg 270) and a “homosexual act means bodily contact, actively undertaken or passively permitted, between members of the same sec for the purpose of satisfying sexual desire”(B.R. Burg 270). The Army regulation 600-443 was release in April 10, 1953. The purpose of putting the Army Regulation in place was to regulate the procedures of how a homosexual person will be investigated and possibly discharged from the arm forces. In this document there are three different “Class” in which a person might fall into if found guilty of being gay. A person who was is aggressive would be in “Class I” and therefore has to go to court-martial, meanwhile if a is proven to be a homosexual who have had multiple “Homosexual Act “ will fall in “Class II” and would have to go to court-martial or “accept dishonorable discharge“(n.a. 260). Finally if a person admits to having gay feeling but have not acted in any “Homosexual Acts” would then be removed from the army with a “Honorable discharged”. All of this regulations were put in place to exclude any person who was gay or thought to be. Even being too famine could automatically exclude you from joining the military.
Another way the military tried to restrict people from joining the military was when The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) was implemented in May 31, 1951. Within the UCMJ the military added Sodomy Article 125 which prohibits homosexual oral and anal sex. “Service members found violating this article can be court-martialed and imprison if found guilty“ (UCMJ Article 125, 1). Also during this year they decided to implemented as a military law. Throughout the UCMJ there are multiple of articles that shows a person what is right an wrong to do. If a person is found guilty of sodomy it can result in “five years in prison for each act, punitive discharge, reduction in pay and fines and forfeitures” (UCMJ...

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