Saturday, March 27, 2010

Marine Corps commandant says Marines would have single rooms if DADT is repealed!

Commandant of the Marine Corps James T. Conway said in an interview Friday that the Marine Corps might have to offer single rooms on post to soldiers to avoid their having to be roomed with gay servicemembers, if “don’t ask don’t tell” is repealed. That hardly makes sense when talking about sub marines, or combat conditions like those displayed in the film “The Hurt Locker”. It does re-echo Sam Nunn’s argument “they have no privacy because the don’t go home at night like you and I do” It’s a line of thinking that Charles Moskos, military sociologist and Northwestern University professor and co-author of DADT, has since dropped. The Washington Post story today is by Craig Whitlock, with link here, and title “Gay, straight Marines wouldn't share rooms with don't ask' repeal, general says”.

The interview was published here on

The Marine Corps takes ground (during the invasion of Iraq in 2003); the Army then holds and maintains it (as in “Green Zone”).

During the 1993 debate, the Marine Corps ironically didn’t want to allow heterosexually married men to enlist either. They didn’t want gays, and they didn’t want straights. I don’t think they wanted priests.

When I was in the Army, we had private rooms in our “eyebrow barracks” at Fort Eustis, Va. But there was always the threat of our “going back to the Bay” – a phrase that became a private joke on post. People who knew me in the Army and who find this blog posting will know what I’m talking about. (It meant KP, too).

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