General Boykin Voices Opposition to DADT Repeal
LtGen William Boykin (USA, Ret) has reportedly said that no one can prove the repeal of the policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell” will improve military readiness; as a result, credence must be given to those who say it will detract from unit cohesion and morale.
“Cohesion, camaraderie, [and] brotherhood [are] just as important as the weapons that are used by those military units,” Boykin contends. “When you destroy the integrity of that cohesion, you are in fact degrading the readiness of the military — and there is no question that it will destroy the cohesion within the military.”
He also repeats the accurate but often dismissed point that the military routinely discriminates against people who might still be willing to serve their country:
He goes on to argue that serving in the military is not a constitutional right, and he points out that people have always been picked over when it comes to deciding who is allowed to join. “The military has always discriminated [with regard to] physical limitations, not finishing high school, [and] felony convictions,” the retired Army officer explains. “You have no ‘right’ to serve in the military.”