Monday, August 18, 2008

Wikipedia has comprehensive history of "don't ask don't tell"; I updated it today


I wanted to mention Wikipedia’s entry on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. The account is now quite detailed and covers the subject with some subtlety.

The article (link), in its “History” section, maintains that in 1942, the War Department was given the authority to expel soldiers for homosexual orientation (regardless of actual conduct) and provide the legal basis for pejorative treatment of them in civilian life after discharge. Later, the article mentions that Charles Moskos, one of the architects of “don’t ask don’t tell” in 1993, as having said ‘"(Expletive) unit cohesion. I don't care about that...I should not be forced to shower with a woman. I should not be forced to shower with a gay [man]." Moskos did not offer any alternative to his DADT policy”.

Today, I edited an article in Wikipedia for the first time, this one, with a paragraph at the end of the History Section. It has the label “Rand Corporation authored a proposal for the Clinton Administration in 1993” and reads as follows:

In 1993, the National Defense Research Institute of the Rand Corporation published Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: Options and Assessment, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, identified as MR-323-OSD and with ISBN 0-8330-1441-2, 13 Chapters, 518 pages, paperback. On page 409, "Appendix A" exhibits an “Illustrative Standard of Professional Conduct.” On page 411, "Appendix B" gives a detailed study of “Living and Privacy Conditions in the Military Service.” "Appendix C" analyzes “Legal Provisions Concerning Sodomy.” "Appendices D and E" study foreign armed forces(especially Canada’s), and "Appendix F" gives “Relevant Data from Surveys.”

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