He's neither white nor black. He's made of tofu.
|Quoting DXing (Reply 39):|
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Let's have a look at that for a minute. What are the first three words in the Constitution? Who appoints the President?
The Military serves to protect the civilians of the United States through defending the Constitution. The civilians elect the President, who is the CIC
of the armed forces.
If the oath were to be taken for its word, then then a servicemember would not have any allegiance to the U.S., only its Constitution (a sheet of old parchment). Clearly, the oath runs deeper than that. Multiple legal precedents and opinions have upheld the view that the U.S. Armed Forces serve the United States, although they do not take orders from any civilian except for one: the President.
|Quoting Flynavy (Reply 51):|
He, probably just like myself, wanted to be part of something larger than self. He probably, like me, wanted to contribute something to his nation by serving in the military.
It's interesting, Flynavy. You and I have different views on this issue. I have a graduate degree in molecular biology with research experience in bacterial genetics. I also am a physician. I'm also a competitive swimmer and quite physically fit. Thus, on several occasions I have attracted the attention of military recruiters who have made many attractive offers to me to have me serve as a medical officer. The military can get pretty aggressive about recruiting medical students. Interestingly, the CDC has also recruited me, and joining the CDC requires that I become a commissioned officer, I think under the USN
, but I'm not quite sure.
(And then there was one rather dodgy incident in which I had an odd feeling that I was being recruited to help develop biological weapons, but that was just a gut feeling and I wouldn't put too much stock into it. The recruiter just seemed very interested in the fact that I had worked on various aspects of antibiotic resistance in E. coli
and he seemed a little...cloak-and-dagger.)
In all cases, I have declined these offers because I am gay and I have told the recruiters that I am unqualified to serve because of my sexual orientation. On some occasions, they thanked me very much, expressed their regret that I disclosed this, and then left. On other occasions, I have been informed that arrangements could be made to get around DADT as long as I remained discreet. I found it rather shocking that this supposedly hard-and-fast regulation could be pushed aside if the Navy found it convenient.
My view is that until I feel that the U.S. and its armed forces are willing to treat me as a full citizen, that I will reserve my services and skills for civilian patients. My view is that if you want to hire me, you get the whole package, including my sexual orientation. I keep it a non-issue at work, but I am open about it.
As for you, Flynavy, I respect your commitment to do what you did. I have many gay friends who have served or are serving in the military and I think that their decision is a brave one, since they have more to fear than their heterosexual counterparts.
On the day that LGBT Americans are granted full rights of citizenship (marriage and protection from discrimination in both civilian and military life) then my services will be at the disposal of the Armed Forces. But not one minute sooner.