Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Connections between Army Reserves and civilian govt. jobs -- means that legacy discrimination from DADT really matters! (ENDA wouldn't stop it)

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will sign an agreement with the U.S. Army Reserve to fill many of its 11000 positions, according to a story in the Washington Post by Steve Vogel, April 21, 2009, p. A8. The story link is here.

Some of the motive for the agreement seems to be related to a desire to make sure that jobs are held for soldiers getting out after returning from deployment, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the development is important because it shows how military service can be an important stepping stone to many civilian jobs, especially in law enforcement or with defense contractors.

Therefore, the military “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for gays can result in indirect legacy discrimination in the civilian sector, too. Passing ENDA would not eliminate a weaker competitive position created by the practices of the past. That is certainly true of me (given my merry-go-rounds with security clearances in the early 1970s after my own college expulsion in 1961 – remember I served in the Army without incident 1968-1970, but twice had clearances held up, and was transferred out of the Pentagon in 1968 partly because of this problem).

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