The subject of Gays in the military has been debated over many times by many people. When dealing with whether or not gays should be allowed in the military times the simple question of, Do they want to be in the military? , must be answered. After this question is answered you can begin analyzing the problem. The answer to the question, Do gays want to be in the military? , is an unquestioned yes. Gays would be proud and determined to protect this beautiful country in which we live. I personally an confused as to why there is even a question of whether or not gays should be allowed to protect and die for a country they love.

I do understand however the question of where should they live, both in the field and at their home base. It is hard for a man or women to get undressed in front of someone of the same sex, that may be looking at them with different eyes. When I say different eyes I mean a man looking at a man and thinking wow he's cute, or a women looking at a women and thinking the same thing. It would be very awkward for non-gay soldiers to deal with this problem. Any political issue deals with people, and the gays in the military controversy is no different. There are currently gays in the military.

A ban cannot keep gays out. There are just as many gays in the military as there are in civilian life. Policing the military to eliminate homosexuality does not eliminate homosexuals but it does create a climate of anxiety that causes a sexually toxic situation for everyone, straights as well as gays, because straights can be mislabeled as gay in our current military. Straights are also able to keep gays down because of this anxiety. The present view of our government on gays in the military is a policy first brought up by the Clinton administration, and that is a policy of "Don't ask, Don't tell", meaning that a persons sexual orientation will remain secret.

As we all know a person's sexual orientation can only be kept secret for a certain amount of time before it is revealed. The policy, which has been in effect for some time now, has been the governments way of dealing with the problem of gays in the military, as long as you never let it be known. Well, under the old one a soldier could always be gay as long as it was never known. And under both bans, you could be asked but need not tell. And under both bans, if you did tell that you were gay it would be grounds for discharge. So the gays had thought they would win this battle, but when the smoke had cleared, the military had clearly won.

And this new ban, the new "Don't ask, don't tell' ban, ended all the commotion, all the publicity. All this policy has done has made gay people step back into their closets. The talk forces that had whipped it into a front page issue had lost steam. There have been many other proposals but none have been as successful as the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

I believe that this is a good policy for the time being, but in the long run this policy will not do. A new policy must be made, but before a new policy can be incorporated into the system the views of the general public must change and people must accept the fact that some people are different. Both George W. Bush and John McCain are saying they support the current don't ask, don't tell policy that lets homosexuals serve in the military as long as they don't disclose their sexual orientation.

This goes to show that the issue of gays in the military has not yet been resolved and may not be for some time now.