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  •  I was in the Army before DADT. (3+ / 0-)

    And I remember during induction, in a room with about 30 other inductees, the sergeant having each of us fill out a form with a long list of (I assume Communist) organizations, where we had to check boxes saying whether we had been members.

    And then there was a box for whether we had participated in homosexual "or other immoral" acts.

    Vietnam was a meat grinder at the time, and no doubt that was why the sergeant took time to explain that if we checked the "queer box" we would be forced to tell who we had screwed, and they would tell our parents and the parents of the guys we had sex with and we would be kicked out of our homes, and if we are in college they would tell them and we would be kicked out of school, and if we had jobs they would tell them and we would be fired and never hold another job as long as we lived, and it was a felony in this state, and we would be arrested.  The recitation was rapid and monotone.  Routine.

    It was basically, "If you are queer we don't want you, but we dare you to tell us."

    I have a vivid memory of it.

    Years later I recounted it to a gay friend, and he said he had checked the "queer box."  He lived in NY, where apparently it was not a felony. They sent him in to be interviewed by an Army doctor who told him he would have to prove it, to which he replied, "No problem. Whip out, Doc." He got out of going to Vietnam.

    BTW I have read that our military has a long history of forcing gays to serve in war time, and witch hunting them out in peace time.

    "I wonder why Congress again in a new poll out today--11% approval rating. (It's) because they don't work for us. They work for the sons-of-bitches who pay them." Cenk Uygur

    by Dave in Columbus on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:13:14 AM PDT

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