US Coast Guard Academy Enacts Post-DADT Change
Though “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is technically no more, the conversation over the law’s demise continues.
The Air Force Times notes that, for the most part, the US military academies expect “few changes” in the post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” environment.
US Naval Academy at Annapolis [Correction:] US Coast Guard Academy did announce one specific change:
In one small change, [Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz] said non-roommates of the same gender will have to keep their barracks doors open when they study together, just as opposite-gender cadets currently do — to ensure that the policy is fairly applied.
To be clear, males and females must leave their dorm room doors open when they “study together” to discourage improper activity, including sex. To “fairly apply” the policy, the
Naval Coast Guard Academy will make the rule gender-neutral.
There’s a gaping hole in that logic, however. The policy restricts only what non-roommates can do — not roommates.
Annapolis The USCGA does not have a gender-neutral rooming policy; a male cannot room with a female, but members of the same sex can room together, regardless of their sexual preference.
Males and females cannot room together for what should be obvious reasons, not unlike the reasoning supporting the open-door policy.
What if that policy were to be “fairly applied” as well?
A previous version of this post incorrectly identified the institution as the US Naval Academy.