In the UK, openly gay soldiers have been allowed to serve since 2000 but now the Ministry of Defence is trying to actively encourage gay people to join the Armed Forces, in a bid to widen their diversity.
Do you think it makes any difference if a soldier is gay?
I have a friend who was a Captain in the Military Police, until she was forced to leave when her commanding officers found out that she is gay. She had been doing a sterling job for many years, always praised and promoted, and had been gay all that time.... it hadn't affected her ability to be a good soldier in any way.
Personally I can't imagine why anyone would want to join the Armed Forces but I find the idea of actively encouraging a particular group to enlist just to widen diversity in the ranks quite off-putting.
Don't knock people who wish to join the Armed Forces, just because YOU don't want to!
How can you possibly know what it's like unless you've 'been there, done that'?
It offers much more to people than 'civvie street', one learns trades, & accomplishments, superior as well.
With free medical, dental, eye care, low house/rental costs, travel far & wide, it's an attractive employment to 1000's, thank goodness.
Be a shame if they all had taken on your view, VerityG
I strongly believe that all people wanting to join the armed forces and participate in defending their country and it's values shouldn't be discriminated against regardless of their sexual, religious, racial or gender orientation. Unfortunately as much as equality is touted, the ingrained dissension in the ranks is rife and still very much underground.
Not an iota of a difference. The defense of a country is the responsibility of all citizens and their sexual orientation is the least important factor to determine their eligibility to become a soldier.
No, they more gay people in the forces the better. Everyone likes to be around gay people, they brighten the work day of their colleagues and everyone around them. Who wants to be working next to dreary person with no sense of humour.
Good lord, no! As in civilian life, it is none of my business and I bet all the naysayers would be hiding behind ANY serviceman/woman if there was a siege or terror attack. They wouldn't care so much then!