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    Military Policy That Must Go!!!

    WANT SOMETHING TO GET PISSED OFF ABOUT??? Check this out!

    WASHINGTON Hundreds of officers and health care professionals have been discharged in the past 10 years under the Pentagon's policy on gays, a loss that while relatively small in numbers involves troops who are expensive for the military to educate and train.

    The 350 or so affected are a tiny fraction of the 1.4 million members of the uniformed services and about 3.5 percent of the more than 10,000 people discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy since its inception in 1994.

    But many were military school graduates or service members who went to medical school at the taxpayers' expense troops not as easily replaced by a nation at war that is struggling to fill its enlistment quotas.

    "You don't just go out on the street tomorrow and pluck someone from the general population who has an Air Force education, someone trained as a physician, someone who bleeds Air Force blue, who is willing to serve, and that you can put in Iraq tomorrow," said Beth Schissel, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1989 and went on to medical school.

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    There were 137 officers discharged during that period. The database compiled by the Pentagon does not include names, but it appears that about 30 of the medical personnel who were discharged may also be included in the list of officers.

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    Opponents of the policy on gays acknowledge that the number of those discharged is small. But they say the policy exacerbates a shortage of medical specialists in the military when they are needed the most.

    Late last year Army officials acknowledged in a congressional hearing that they are seeing shortfalls in key medical specialties.

    "What advantage is the military getting by firing brain surgeons at the very time our wounded soldiers aren't receiving the medical care they need?" said Aaron Belkin, associate professor of political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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    Officials did not provide estimates on the cost of a military education or one for medical personnel. However, according to the private American Medical Student Association, average annual tuition and fees at public and private U.S. medical schools in 2002 were $14,577 and $30,960, respectively.

    Early last year the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, estimated it cost the Pentagon nearly $200 million to recruit and train replacements for the nearly 9,500 troops that had to leave the military because of the policy. The losses included hundreds of highly skilled troops, including translators, between 1994 through 2003.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,182722,00.html

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    Ridiculous policy is right.

    The persons administering this policy are doing NOTHING to protect our country but are encouraging bias & ignorance, to the detriment of our nation. They should be ashamed.

    Lackies for the religious right who are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites, who have no respect or tolerance for others.

    Practice your own religious beliefs, that is a right afforded us under our constitution, leave others to their own - that is their right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by altruist1000
    Ridiculous policy is right.

    The persons administering this policy are doing NOTHING to protect our country but are encouraging bias & ignorance, to the detriment of our nation. They should be ashamed.

    Lackies for the religious right who are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites, who have no respect or tolerance for others.

    Practice your own religious beliefs, that is a right afforded us under our constitution, leave others to their own - that is their right.
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