In essence, the provision of the policy gave homosexuals the opportunity to practice their activities silently while serving in the military. In addition, it promoted the discipline in the military because of the protection it gave to military personnel’s identity. This paper will analyze the intentions of the policy, it influence and the views of the society with respect to the policy.
The don’t tell, don’t ask policy was originally intended to allow homosexuals to serve in the military, while promote the discipline of the military personnel with respect to their sexual life. As stated by provisions of the policy, military officers must endeavor to uphold high discipline. Largely, the fabric of military activities depends on the discipline of the service members. While discipline is a requisite, social needs of the officers have similar weight. Conversely, the provisions in the American law did not provide for same sex marriage. It was argued that open activities of the homosexuals serving in the military would not only contravene the law, but also paint the military on the wrong. The religious objection and moral perception to homosexual activities are some of the consideration that influenced the creation of the policy. Ideally, with the laws barring open homosexual activities, military wing had to be subject to the same law.
Although the policy did not intend to curtail the military life of homosexuals, it created conditions that promoted which hunting in the military. It is arguable that some military officers could not keep silent about their sexual orientation. Since the inception of the policy, more than 14500 military personnel have faced the axe of the policy (Johnson, 2011). Another unintended intention of the policy is the provision of spying and relaying information about sexual orientation of members.