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US Army and the Homosexual propensity.

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Baker College Center for Graduate Studies On-Line Masters of Business Administration Assignment of Course: BUS 615 Organizational Behavior Submitted to: Dr. Timothy Houghton Submitted by: Jeffrey L. Musgray Location of Course: Baker College On-Line Date of Course Meeting: June 27 - Aug 7, 2003 Date of Submission: July 31, 2003 Title of Project: US Army and the Homosexual propensity Certification of Authorship: I hereby certify that I am the author of this paper and that any assistance I received in its preparation is fully acknowledged and disclosed in the paper. I have also cited any sources from which I used data, ideas or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased. I also certify that this paper was prepared by me specifically for this course. Student Signature: Jeffrey L. Musgray Running head: US ARMY HOMOSEXUALITY TOLERANCE US Army and the Homosexual Predisposition Jeffrey L. Musgray Baker College Abstract This integrated portfolio project will explore the United States Army position on homosexuals within its confines. It will briefly define what homosexuality and its' affect on the military environment. It will explore the problems it causes and why it is a cultural discomfort within the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, it will reveal different attitudes held within the services and divulge steps that are taken to deal with those attitudes. Finally, it will provide a synopsis of the probable future disposition of the homosexual in the military. US Army and the Homosexual propensity Introduction Indeed, the societal bravado of the world continues to change as quickly as technology. Dysfunctional families such as "the Osbournes " are applauded, the elderly are counted as an eyesore, family values are inconsistent, bad is counted as good and what was considered immoral is now merely an alternative lifestyle. Within this melting pot of such diverse lifestyles, lies homosexuality or politically correct referred to as sexual orientation has been most controversial, especially amongst the religious leaders. ...read more.


A gay enlistee, male or female, would be shunned and perhaps subject to verbal and/or physical abuse. Having more than one gay in an outfit would also promote an Us vs. Them mindset. Accusations of sexual activity, whether true or not, between the gays could result as well. Working under these hostile conditions as well as any sexual distractions would cause anyone's job performance to be substandard (Bolton, C., 1999). As depicted, the problems are numerous and worthy of concern. If the Army is to be the world's best, fully trained and ready to overcome-it must even as it did segregation, conquer this battle. Solution New Policy In January 1993, President Clinton signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of Defense to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the U.S. Armed Forces. The secretary was directed to recommend a policy that could be carried out "in a manner that is practical and realistic, and consistent with the high standards of combat effectiveness and unit cohesion our Armed Forces must maintain." Les Aspin, Secretary of Defense at the time, asked RAND's National Defense Research Institute to help carry out his mandate by providing a comprehensive analysis of the issues involved in the debate and evaluating different courses of action that could be taken to implement the president's objectives. The research team examined a number of ways to respond to the president's directive and identified one policy to be most consistent with their research findings. That policy holds that sexual orientation, by itself, is not germane in determining who may serve in the U.S. military. It emphasizes actual conduct, not behavior presumed because of sexual orientation, and holds all service members to the same standard of professional behavior. It requires tolerance and restraint to foster the good of the group, but implies no endorsement of a homosexual lifestyle (Rostker, B., 2000). An illustrative "Standard of Professional Conduct" was designed as part of the research project. ...read more.


she had married or attempted to marry a member of the same sex or they had observed a soldier admitting to or engaging in homosexual conduct (US Army,1999). The level of educating continues to define what are commanders responsibility in the matter, what tolerance level of harassment is allowed, what are confidential sources, means for handling threats and investigation procedures. The endstate of the training merely informs soldiers of their responsibility and duty, it does not, neither is intended to endorse homosexuality as been acceptable. Conclusion What is the disposition of the Army? I believe that great diversity of minds, values, attitudes and belief which makes the US Army so powerful will if left to its' own demise will be that which destroys it. For it is written, "A house divided, cannot stand". As society continues to embrace evil for good and compromise the values that the nation was built on, the Army will may be hard pressed to consider the onslaught of public opinion. In its' expressed drive to accommodate public opinion, leaders will need to consider how the culture relates to discipline and order and is tied to the ideal that the military tries to portray. These military values reinforce the mission of the military and undisputedly discipline and order are essential to the success of an army. Unit cohesiveness argument's foundation is that discipline and order are essential to fighting and winning wars. And discipline and order have their foundation in an authoritarian system, the military, tempered and enhanced by religious, ethical, and moral standards. In order to hold the military to a higher standard of self-discipline than the public at large, the military must have tougher standards of morality (Marble, 2000). The challenge to all soldiers is to comply with the law that prohibits homosexual conduct while at the same time respecting the privacy and dignity of every soldier. The bottom line is high moral standards that were established in the beginning, need be enforced that the Army may survive. ...read more.

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