The former represents the loss of a highly skilled combat veteran whose military training cost the Air Force more than one million dollars; the latter represents the loss of a scarce commodity at a time when Arabic Language specialists are extremely important in connection with the contemporary threat to the nation from Islamic radicals. One of the most serious implications of DADT has always been that it also exposes military personnel to potential blackmail and could conceivably compromise classified information under threat of exposure (Dershowitz, 2002).
The repeal of DADT finally resolved a fundamental contradiction that was originally intended to allow homosexuals to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces but required them to do so dishonestly despite the fact that honesty and integrity are essential values taught to all U.S. military recruits.
Once the repeal is fully implemented, the military personnel affected will be allowed to serve their country proudly and honestly. In all likelihood, future generations of Americans will regard the previous exclusion of homosexuals from open military service as a form of unjustifiable social prejudice just as current Americans look back on the segregation of African-Americans from military service prior to their integration in 1947.
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