Friday, 9 October 2009

Sexism in Discharges?

So the LA Times published an interesting article….related to the US military.

Women are apparently more likely than men to be kicked out of the military for gayness…. under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy…..than men.

Naturally, some folks wanted to say this number reflects sexism in the armed forces.

Apparently, the numbers say that women “accounted for 15% of all active-duty and reserve members of the military but more than a third of the 619 people discharged last year because of their sexual orientation”.

They even went on to discuss the Air Force numbers where 61 percent of the gays kicked out in 2008….were women but then they only represent twenty percent of the total Air Force numbers.

Reasoning? Well…..there is this researcher….. Nathaniel Frank of UC Santa Barbara's Palm Center…..who says that he thinks that part of the reason is that homosexuality is more common among women in the service than among men.

I sat and paused over these numbers. Numbers are numbers….sometimes, they mean little to nothing.

I will offer a bit of analysis after thirty years in the Air Force. Frankly, women are more likely to be revengeful than men. Yes, there, I said it.

So in my mind, it’s more than just a small chance…that if you got into a relationship with some gal off-base….and things broke up….that she’d come to report you or find some method of dropping your name to the Air Force.

There are three events that I witnessed over thirty years that brings out this topic. In one case, there was a female Major who had almost 19.5 years in the Air Force…and some former “friend” decided to drop her name to the commander. The commander looked at the circumstance…and had to go through the various investigations required. He really didn’t care to mess with someone who was six months from retirement. So he covered each base and just at the point when the Major was 60 days out from retirement and could start terminal leave….he ended the whole mess and said there wasn’t enough evidence to continue on. She retired as a major and walked out the door.

I watched another event where a junior female NCO dumped her former “friend” and within 48 hours….found herself reported by the “friend”. The AF couldn’t find anyone else who actually worked with the female NCO who suggested anything against her. Eventually, they came to dump the case because of lack of evidence as well.

So a word of warning….to women in the military….you have a higher chance of being in trouble because of your “friend”. Don’t ask why….it’s a revenge factor that most guys apparently don’t have to worry about. So when you finally decide to dump that “friend”….start thinking about how they take things. If they like or enjoy revenge….you just might have a problem.