As someone who served for years in the U.S. Army and is currently a civilian in the federal government and a conscientious U.S. citizen, I fully support the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. The policy is discriminatory and has no place is a free society with an all-volunteer military.
I came to know several members of the U.S. military who I discovered were gay, and none of them worked any less hard to serve this country, and they often sacrificed even more than heterosexual soldiers who were granted benefits and privileges not afforded to the gay soldiers.
No one should have to hide who they are and sacrifice a reasonable enjoyment of their personal life in order to proudly serve their country. I take great pride in this country and am heartened that recent polls showed a majority of Americans and military personnel support the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. This shows that our society has continued to evolve and embrace the principles of human rights and equality which were promised at its founding.
I applaud the Department of Defense for finally taking the initiative to investigate the potential impact of don't ask, don't tell, and for taking into account the opinions of actual service members.
Makaria Green, Ft. Meade