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In answering the question of whether or not homosexuals should be allowed in the military it is necessary to first resolve the question of whether or not this action compromises the militarys effectiveness or the abilities of those involved A major claim seems to be that homosexuals do compromise the army and its members and therefore should not be allowed to enlist However if this logic is sound and is the basis for decision-making it follows that if homosexuals do not compromise the army and its members then they should be allowed to enlist On one side there are those who believe that having homosexuals in the ranks would create an uncomfortable atmosphere with anxiety and sexual tension thus undermining troop morale and combat effectiveness However the issue seems not to be about denying homosexuals their rights but rather protecting the rights of scared or homophobic straight people If you ask the general public whether homosexuals and straights should have the same civil rights a large majority will answer yes If you rephrase the question and ask if straights should be forced to share a bedroom like army barracks with a homosexual probably a large majority would answer no The myth is that homosexual men cant control their sex drives and would molest or seduce straight men But homosexual men seek social companionship from homosexual men not heterosexual men in the same fashion that straight men are only attracted to the opposite sex and then still arent attracted to every woman they come across Most homosexual men would never come out to their comrades until there was a certain level of pre-existing trust to begin with Therefore in any setting uncomfortable feelings due to homosexuals are either unwarranted or can be defined as sexual harassment same as any unwanted advances by a heterosexual towards a member of the opposite sex The irony of the situation and argument is that heterosexual men are frightened and act
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