Don't Use the Military as a Social LaboratoryDT), the military will salute sharply, about face, and follow the law. Letting homosexuals openly serve in the military may be the morally right course of action. Unfortunately, it is not the military's role to assure either the public about its moral convictions or individuals about their lifestyles. The military exists to win wars.
Supporters and opponents of repeal usually evaluate different problems. The civilian wonders why the military discriminates when it has historically been a harbinger of equality for the country it serves. Understandably, it is difficult to support existing policy when viewed through the prism of equal rights. The military, illiberal as it must be, is guided by a different context. Its task is to stand, and if need be, to die, to protect the very rights those proponents of repeal wish to force on it. The Soldier who finds himself ambushed and outnumbered desires only the strongest unit possible for the clearest of reasons. The civilian and the Soldier will never reach agreement over such matters, because the former is as properly concerned with rights as the latter is with responsibilities.