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Alvin R. Smith

2004 Research

Abstract: A Policy Analysis on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue"

Mentor: Jennifer Stucker Social Work

Gay rights and organization have been scrutinized recently. Gay marriage, civil unions, employment and housing rights, partner benefits and gay and lesbian adoption of children seem to have grabbed the attention of the media attention and public attention. Homosexual rights concerning gays in the military have been another issue that has been a part of the culture in the United States since the military was established and March 11, 1778, Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin, who became the first known soldier to be dismissed from the U.S. military for homosexuality (Shilts, 1993). As I am an enlisted member of the United States military, this is a concern to me that must be understood. To serve my country is what I swore to do and protect and secure the benefits of my fellow soldiers is what I pledged to do when I first enlisted into the Army. The controversy over this particular issue gets much attention and yet is one of the most misunderstood policies the military has concerning gays and lesbians serving in the military.

Presentations

12th UW McNair Conference & Graduate School Visit 4-29-04

University of DE McNair Conference & Grad School Fair; Oct. 7-10, 2004

8th Annual  Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

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