One more little story from the EFF party at Matty’s early Saturday evening (above Dupont Circle).
An individual who had been in the Army from the late 1980s through 1998, in infantry and then military intelligence, at Fort Bragg and then Fort Benning, did recall some controversy in the early days of the debate of Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy and desire to lift the ban on gays in the military.
He actually took more note of the recent decision to open all combat jobs to women, based only on the individual soldier’s ability to do all the physical tasks require for the MOS, which a minority of women do fill (and which most gay men otherwise in the military would fill, and which transgender might fill). Female soldiers might make targets for enemy capture.
There was some tension over the idea of open gays in some units in 1993, he said, fueled by the remarks by Sam Nunn and Charles Moskos. The issue tended to dissipate and be forgotten with time.