Bit of news from last week. The following from the Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Pentagon guidelines that classified homosexuality as a mental disorder now put it among a list of conditions or “circumstances” that range from bed-wetting to fear of flying.
The revision came in response to criticism this year when it was discovered that the guidelines listed homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders.
Okay — I suppose this is a way for the military to get around having homosexuals in the military, without directly calling homosexuality a “mental disorder.” (Gotta hand it to the Pentagon — in what 1973(?) or something the psychiatric association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder and it’s now 2006 — they’re only 30 years behind — really builds MY confidence in the Pentagon folks).
But I had an interesting thought. There are some calling for a reinstatement of the draft. This issue has pros and cons (and I really don’t need or want to get into a debate about it :} ). I give points to the argument that it would make our congresscritters think twice before voting to start a war. I mean it’s one thing sending “troops” in, it’s something completely different when your own kids or grandkids or nephews are in the military. (Though let’s face it — even when there was a draft there were loopholes for kids of elected officials).
But – IF the draft is reinstated, AND if homosexuality is a condition that is not conductive to military service I predict that there will be a sudden change in the numbers of those that state their homosexuality. At least between men that are 18-24.