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  •  Do nothing Bill (0+ / 0-)

    As Admiral Akbar would say, ITS A TRAP!

    DrilSergeantK explains the mechanics of discharges above.  Bottom line is that gay service members receiving Dishonorable discharges is a myth.  Maybe it happened but I doubt it.  OTHs were pretty rare too and in almost every case there were other charges that would not be covered by this change.  

    Too me this is just fodder for the right and not in the way you might think.  The right will get worked up and the left will say "see, we are pro gay rights" but in the end it will never pass the House.  Even if it did by some miracle it would be false hope for the small number of homosexuals who were discharged with an OTH.  They will spend a ton of time and effort on an appeal and lose because the military will be able to say the other charges would have resulted in the same discharge.

    I saw a lot of folks put out for being gay.  99% of those were Chapter 16 - good of the service.  Its when the Army and the service member mutually decided its best to part ways.  In every case I saw the service member got an honorable discharge.  Putting someone out on an OTH is just a pain in the butt and very few commanders cared that much about soldiers sex lives to waste time on an OTH.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 12:44:03 PM PDT

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