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The Dont Ask Dont Tell Dont Harass policy on homosexuals in the military should be completely revised Foundation of Dont Ask Dont Tell On January 29 1993 President Bill Clinton directed Secretary of Defense Les Aspin to submit a draft executive order ending discrimination on basis of sexual orientation in determining who may serve On July 19 1993 Secretary Aspin announced a new policy for gays in the military stating that sexual orientation is considered a personal and private matterKand is not a bar to service entry or continued service unless manifested by homosexual conduct The DoD policy was enacted on November 30 1993 by Congress ordering the Secretary of Defense to revise the department of defense regulations On February 28 1994 after extensive hearings in Congress the Department of defense instituted its current policy on homosexual conduct in the military The DoD policy provides that engaging in one or more of the following acts shall be cause of removal from the military 1 If the member is found to have engaged attempted to engage or solicited another to engage in homosexual acts 2 If the member has stated that he or she is a homosexual or bisexual or words to that effect andor 3 The member has married or attempted to marry someone of the same sex1 Under the policy applicants for military service may no longer be asked about their sexual orientation and the service may not initiate investigations just to determine a members sexual orientation The general population including military personnel has had strong opinions on this issue In Chapter 37 of Title 10 in the United States Code it states that success in combat requires military units that are characterized by high morale good order and discipline and unit cohesion and that the long-standing prohibition of homosexual conduct continues to be necessary in the circumstances of military service Some feel that gays should not be allowed in
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