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  •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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    if you know a fellow servicemember is gay, you're required to report it

    ?  I wasn't aware that that was the case.  Do you have a cite?

    •  I'll see if I can find a better cite, but (0+ / 0-)

      I think it's embedded in the notion of 'disclosure' in § 654.(b).(2): if a servicemember so much as states sexual preference (regardless of to whom), that servicemember is to be separated from the armed forces.  I don't see 'failure to report a disclosure' listed specifically, but I know that's come up: even early on there was the question, for example, of whether the law required military psychiatrists to pass on disclosures made confidentially (they found they were exempt due to their special role in the military), and that commanding officers could not (this, I just know from procedures involving friends of mine).  I'll see if I can find something more concrete.  It's not the easiest thing to search for.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 12:45:25 PM PDT

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      •  There may be a difference (1+ / 0-)
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        between someone in official capacity (as in a chaplain, a psychiatrist, or a superior officer) finding out that someone is gay, and a random soldier (e.g., your buddy) finding out.

        I'd be surprised in the latter case that disclosure was mandated (but them, I'm surprised a lot...).

        •  But if the poster above is correct, every single (0+ / 0-)

          service person who thinks he or she has served with an LGB person and has not reported said person is himself or herself confessing to a violation of whatever statute the poster above is tryng to cite aby not having turned that person in before. Although the problem is that it is being done in the context of 'don't ask . . . ' and anything learned by the responses would violate the 'don't ask' part of that. So they'd have to find another way to ask, although they know who to ask since every responder has to sign in.

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