This is seriously not cool.
While we're of course thrilled that Don't Ask Don't Tell has been repealed, we're NOT thrilled to hear that gay former troops who want to re-enlist are having a lot of trouble doing so!
Here are some of the issues that these former troops are being forced to contend with:
- They'll once again have to pass physical fitness tests
- Troops who have aged significantly will be required to sign waivers to return to the armed forces
- They won't be guaranteed to return to their former jobs/ranks
- They may be rejected because space is limited in the armed services these days
Previously discharged troops seem to be taking issue THE MOST with returning to the armed forces at lower ranks.
In fact, former troops Michael Almy, Jase Daniels, and one other are currently filing a lawsuit claiming that they were "unconstitutionally discharged and should be reinstated…at their former ranks."
We don't blame them AT ALL. If they want to return to the armed forces, why should they be penalized because of a policy which was PROVEN to be unconstitutional?!?!?!? So lame!!!
What do U think? Should previously discharged gay troops be given their old jobs back if they want to re-enlist???
[Image via AP Images.]
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