Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marines Dominate Post-DADT Repeal

I love this New York Times story about this Marine Recruiter in Oklahoma:

Elisabeth Bumiller, Marines Hit the Ground Running in Seeking Recruits at Gay Center
New York Times, September 20, 2011.

The day after the repeal of DADT was final, he was the only recruiter invited out of all the services to attend a celebratory shindig and set up a recruiting table at a gay rights community center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The story notes that:
"With the law now changed, the Marines appear determined to prove that they will be better than the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard in recruiting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members."
Semper Fi! I predict that, like a hell of a lot of political disputes, the resolution of this one is going to be a disappointment to both sides: it won't be the catastrophe that some of the right predict, and it won't be the paradigm shift that many on the left had hoped for. The article notes that of the three potential recruits the Master Sgt. talked to, two didn't meet the basic qualifications and standards.

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