Treat LGBT Sailors Fairly
(See N. H. R. Heaton, p. 12, October 2016 Proceedings)
Rob Jacques, former lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve—As a gay man myself and a naval officer during the Vietnam Era, I want to respond to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman (AOA) Heaton’s contribution. If AOA Heaton chooses to wear jewelry, avant-garde clothing, and make-up that complements his skin tone, he may do so when off duty or on leave. While on duty (on board ship, should he go to sea) he must wear an authorized uniform and groom himself according to regulations that eliminate differences and distractions from a combat environment. In the violent, bloody hell that’s a ship in battle, AOA Heaton would not want a medic tending him to be even momentarily confused by finding an ear-stud in the pulpy cavity where his ear once was, nor would he want that medic wondering about the source, toxicity, and chemistry of a skin-tone-complementing substance that’s seeping into a shrapnel hole in his face.