One of the biggest strawmen argument I've ever heard when it comes to gays in the military is "I'd be happy to share a foxhole with (name that homosexual)!" But the foxhole isn't where the problems come in to play. When you're in a foxhole, you're in combat. You most likely won't be having sex while the shells are coming down. No, the problems crop up once you're out of that foxhole and back in the rear.
Once again, does anyone think that the military would force me to room with a female? "OK Dave, here's your barracks room and here's your room mate, Private Nancy Smith. Enjoy!" No, not only would the military not force me to do that, they PROHIBIT that by regulation.
Does anyone think that the military would force me to shower with the females? "OK Dave, we have one latrine, so just drop trou and get clean. By the way, that's PFC Shirley Jones in there right now, but she won't mind!" Hell no I couldn't do that. In fact, if I got naked and jumped in the female shower, I'd be arrested and charged with violating several different UCMJ articles.
And yet, the very same people who would slap me with sexual harassment charges if I tried to shower with PFC Shirley Jones are demanding that I accept that very same sexual dynamic being forced on me just because it's now someone of the same gender.
It's not about an individual Soldier's fighting skills. It's not about a desire to serve. It's about bringing a sexual dynamic into a situation that cannot have sex involved without negative and desultory effects. If you want proof of sex being a negative influence in theater, all you have to do is look at what Gen Cucolo faced when he tried to enforce UCMJ punishment on Soldiers who either got pregnant, or got another Soldier pregnant while in Iraq. This wasn't just a joke. When a Soldier gets knocked up, they have to go back home, which means that the unit is either one Soldier down, or they have to pull someone from home station and cross level them into the unit. That's not as easy as it sounds, and it puts unnecessary strain on the unit and the new Soldier, disrupting operations and causing resentment among other Soldiers who don't have the option of getting pregnant and going home to their family.
And let me tell you, if you want to see a unit go from decent headspace to negative headspace in less than a week, you just tell them that PFC Martha Johnson is preggers and getting to go home, but the rest of them have to stay in country. It just does WONDERS for the moral of the unit!
Soldiers getting pregnant in theater is a problem across many levels, and this General was trying to deal with a few of the more harmful side effects. But because of the political correct ideology that has infested the military, this Commanding General can't even punish Soldiers who violate General Order #1 and get knocked up. You think that allowing homosexual Soldiers won't be a problem? Sure, let's just add ANOTHER sexual dynamic into a mix that is already strained. And the first time some guy cops a feel in the shower and gets his ass beaten like a drum, the lawsuits start flying. The accusations of "EEEEK! EEEEEK! HATE CRIME! HATE CRIME!" start flying around. Even MORE politically correct bullshit infects the Army, like a tapeworm that keeps on growing. No, scratch that, it's not a tapeworm, because you can shit out a tapeworm. Heartworm. Infecting the organ that keeps you moving and alive, eventually killing you as you stagger around coughing and wondering why you can't seem to breathe anymore.
Not one single person pushing for allowing open homosexuality in the military has bothered to answer any of the concerns people have brought up. In fact, the people bringing up the concerns have been ignored, shouted down, silenced, insulted, called names, and pushed aside. That tells me that the people pushing for repealing DADT know about the problems it will cause, but they don't care. They'd rather push their ideology on the military come hell or high water, and when shit starts to fall apart they'll most likely blame the military for it because it's easy to blame people who can't respond or act. It's easy to blame people who have to keep their mouth shut.
If you think that repealing DADT is a good thing, you are wrong. Plain and simple. The Army is not a social program. We're not a civilian workplace. We cannot operate under the same rules and principals of the civilian world, because we do not operate in a civilian environment. And I really, really wish to hell that people would remember that before they try to push the next social experiment on us.