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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ANOTHER VICTIM OF DADT



1LT Dan Choi has been officially discharged from the United States Army due to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)."


I know the joys and pleasures of being released from active service. In fact, I am coming up on my two year anniversary since being honorably discharged from active naval duty.

This is not one of those times to celebrate someone completing their service.

I would have preferred to welcome Lt. Choi to the DD-214 had he been able to complete his service. Even though he has his honorable discharge and can maintain his title as Lieutenant, his service was cut short due to an asinine policy.


The military has lost a dedicated officer. Proof of Lt. Choi's dedication was demonstrated as a West Point cadet, an Army Arabic linguist while serving in Iraq, and currently as the voice for our LGBT Service Members.

Right now as we speak, the West Point Class of 2014 is undergoing cadet basic training. In order for the Army to directly replace an officer of his skills and talents, they will have to wait until that class graduates in four years.

Who knows how many lives in terms of training and leadership will be impacted due to Lt. Choi's discharge having to wait for his replacement to arrive over that time period?

It may be even more difficult to replace him because Lt. Choi was an Arabic linguist.

And of course, there was only ONE 1LT Daniel Choi.

That is the aspect of DADT that is most damaging to our military: the loss, replacing, and the wait for the replacements for those with critical mission skills that are essential to our nation's defense and service. It's not the hardware that makes our military great, but the people who are manning (term I use loosely) the watch as I type this.


All I can really do is repost my rants about DADT to highlight my point about why it needs to be overturned NOW.


MY LETTER TO THE ENTIRE TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO OVERTURN "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL"



THE RIGHT TO SERVE



A LOOK BACK AT MY POSTINGS COMMERATING PRIDE MONTH


No study, no more waiting.

 

Overturn it and move on to more pressing issues that are facing this country.

 

I respect Lt. Choi and those by his side that are serving for standing up for what they believed even though they knew that they risked losing their careers that they enjoyed.

 

If I ever meet Lt. Choi in person, I will not shake his hand. 

 

I will snap to attention and salute him.


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