Reason to exclude gays? Uncle Jimbo says no.

Uncle Jimbo of Military Matters writes:
The question is whether pretending there aren't gay folks in the military even matters anymore, I don't think it probably does. If they are already there what benefit does it provide to have them pretend they are straight? Are our troops so intolerant this will tear units apart? I sincerely doubt it and if it won't, then change the rule. There were dudes in my unit that we were fairly certain played in a different league, but there were plenty of others who didn't want their preferences or in some cases perversions aired publicly either, and that was 10 years ago. Unfortunately we had absolutely no lipstick lesbians.

The military integrated racially before the rest of the country and offered women a fair shake earlier too, but somehow it is lagging now. Homosexuality is rapidly becoming a yawn issue, "Oh you're gay, that's nice. What time is the movie?" That is a good progression and there is no reason not to add the military to the list of people who just shouldn't care who you sleep with. Plus it would take one more issue away from the dirty, nasty, patchouli-smelling, hippy protestors and that's a good thing. ...

Col. David Hunt (Ret.) was interviewed by NRO in this June 2003 piece:
NRO: How do you feel about women in combat?

HUNT: I'm in favor of competent people doing their job — I don't care how you go to the bathroom. It's said that Jessica Lynch killed a lot of people, which is why they tortured her so much. It ain't about sex. If I'm with you on the battlefield, we're not going to do it! We're too tired and too scared to have sex. We're not serious until we're inclusive, which means: "Can you do this job? Can you fight the war on terrorism?" Fine, you're on! I don't care if I have a whole division full of lesbians, if they can do the job. Look, we kicked out a bunch of gay men who were linguists, Arabic specialists. What kind of stupidity is that? ...

The military leadership needs to start listening to these people. I served ten years in the Air Force and four years in the Marine Corps, and the question of whether gay people were there, or belonged there, was more of a distraction than anything else. Whether a person is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or (like me) simply a living violation of Article 178 of Skippy's List - none of that matters in the prosecution of combat against the enemy. All that really matters is: Can the person do the job?