Should Openly Gay and Lesbian Soldiers Be Allowed to Serve in the Military?
The issue of homosexuality in the military has been a point of contention in most civilized societies for quite some time. This can be traced back to the Ancient Roman empire homosexual behaviors among service men was encouraged to boost togetherness as well as bravery among the military men in the course of their duties. However the behavior was illegal in a number of countries as they prohibited the act of homosexuality within the military(Ayres, I., & Brown, J. G. (2008) In the beginning of the 20th century, many governments officially declared the ban of homosexuality and lesbianism among the military most notable of the nations was the United Kingdom which in 1955 prohibited the same while the United States of America had done a similar thing earlier on in 1916 when it changed the Article of war thus making it illegal for homosexuals and lesbians to serve in the disciplined forces (Scott1968). Before service men were to be recruited into the military they had to undergo a physical examination and test to discern whether they possess any homosexually related behavior or attributes (Kirsch & Flint 2011). However, with the change of time and civilization of societies coupled up with the urge for equal rights for all people from human rights watch groups, a number of nations that had earlier on banned people of the gay community from being recruited in the military have so far revised their laws to allow anybody to serve in the military regardless of his/her sexual behavior or orientation as long as they meet the pre-requisite requirements and standards as set by the governing bodies (Ayres & Brown 2008).
Commonly military servicemen are required to reside in closed military barracks, legalizing openly declared homosexuals to join the military will flout some fundamental objectives that are required from the soldiers as the homosexual servicemen who live in the same camp with their partners will tend to largely focus on their individual cohesion and hence will be distracted from their core duties and obligation that they are required. They will tend to concentrate more on their love affairs due to their close proximity in the military camps and barracks and this will in most cases make them go astray as they will not have ample and good time in giving their level best service to as required (Chambers 2006). If it happens that in a single camp there are take an example of the ten homosexual couples this will adversely affect the overall quality of service of that particular military unit as it will not be seriously focused on the main objective of the force but their personal affairs and needs. In the long run, the phenomena will lead to a loss in military missions that this particular unit will be assigned an even total collapse as the servicemen will lose interest for their job in the expense of their personal affairs (Ayres & Brown 2008).
Servicemen who have openly declared their sexual orientation will be prone to a number of bullying and unfair practices from their fellow servicemen. These acts will range from simple abuses touching on their homosexuality behavior to even gross acts such as being solicited to perform homosexual acts in public (Scott 1968). Like any other rational human beings who have feelings and emotions the homosexual individuals involved will be traumatized, emotionally disturbed and they may even get mental disorder due to those gimmicks that are targeted towards them (Chambers 2006). These anti-homosexuality profiling antics that are directed to homosexual servicemen will have lifelong effects on them as they will lower their general self-esteem and it will affect their service quality as they will no longer have confidence in themselves. In those extreme cases that are involved in the homosexual related, profiling may choose to pull out of military service and may even choose to commit suicide when the extent of profiling goes out of hand (Scott 1968). Again soldiers who are homosexuals happen to have their partners in rival units that tend to show favoritism and partial treatment to their partners in the event of fierce battle. This act will lead to botched missions as partners will leak crucial details to each other in the pretext of securing their lovers but in the long run, the goals and objectives of the military unit will not be achieved due to conniving by homosexual couples (Chambers 2006). In some tough instances, the act may cost the whole nation its security as one partner in the homosexual union may be an informer of enemies of the nation and thus favoring him may lead to serious repercussions to the military unit and the security of the nation in general.
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