"Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) is the common term for the policy which is used in the United States military that allows homosexuals who keep their orientation secret to serve in the military, while keeping the openly homosexuals out of the military. Since the policy was instituted in 1993, there has been significant changes in the United States. Public opinion towards homosexuals serving in the military has been updated also. More and more people suggest to rewrite this old policy because DADT limits the rights of homosexuals to serve in the military. However, we should support DADT because it has at least given homosexuals more rights than before; it does not affect those people who are against the homosexuals. But there are still some points about DADT that should be changed to make it more fair and supportive to homosexual people.
People should support DADT because it has given homosexuals more rights than before its being instituted. Back to the time of issuing the DADT policy, President Bill Clinton promised to give equal rights to all the citizens to serve in the military regardless of the sexual preference, and that was also the original purpose of DADT. However, while public opinion towards homosexuals serving the military has been changing, the military members have not really accepted the idea of homosexuals openly serving in the armed forces: "In May 2007, a CNN poll found that 79 percent of Americans fell that homosexuals should be allowed to serve in the military"(par. 5); and almost the same result as a 2008 Washington Post-ABC News poll that "75 percent of Americans said that openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military"(par. 5). While the results of the surveys from military members are different: "A 2006 Zogby International poll of military members found that only 26 percent were in favor of gays and lesbians serving in the military"(par. 10); and 2006 Military Times newspaper also showed that "only 30 percent of those surveyed though openly should survey, while 59 percent were opposed"(par. 10). Based on the fact of different views from the public and the military members, DADT is the method to secure the rights of homosexual people to serve in the military. Not only help allow the homosexuals having their military careers, DADT offers them more rights such as: giving more homosexuals equal chances on education; it would offer a better retirement to homosexuals; and it makes homosexuals feel like they have the same rights as others, although they have different sexual preference. Overall, we should support DADT because as a policy, it succeeds in its purpose to give homosexuals more rights.
Also, since not every person can accept that homosexuals serve in the military; DADT, as a policy, helps not to affect those people who are against homosexuality. As for what the rule says, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means people should not ask anyone whether they are homosexual or not; while homosexuals should not tell their sexual preference openly to the public. Under this situation, no matter how curious people are about another person's sexual orientation, they are not suppose to ask that person; also, homosexuals have their own rights about whether they will tell others their sexual preference. Someone argued that we should be against DADT because soldiers have had to give up their military careers whenever they are found to be homosexuals. But, there is a misunderstanding about this issue, which is these soldiers acknowledged their sexual preference first. Take Dan Choi as an example: according to Guerra, Dan Choi did a great achievement while he was at West Point; however, "he received a letter of dismissal from the Army on the grounds that disclosing homosexuality 'constitutes homosexual conduct'"(par. 4) after his announcement on the Rachel Maddow Show. Therefore, he had to give up his military career lamented; but the lose was made because himself did not follow the policy first. So, DADT is a protecting policy as long as both homosexuals and the rest follow it.
However, there are still many problems concerning homosexuals serving in the military. Therefore, we need to change DADT to offer the homosexuals more rights. First of all, we should describe the rules more clearly and accurately. According to Dion Rabouin, a LA Independent Examiner reporter, "More than 12,500 soldiers have reportedly still been removed from the military for being gay despite the measure."(par. 4). Facing the huge amount, there are several questions: among these soldiers, how many of them are known to be homosexuals because they announced it openly to the public? And how many are just judged based on others' guesses? It seems that the reason why many of these soldiers are removed from military service is not a result of their openly talking about being homosexuals; they are expelled from the military because of their "apparent" homosexuality. If so, these expulsions are totally against the DADT. Therefore, we need to strength the policy enough to avoid such cases from happening again. Also, as a policy which is used to provide the right of homosexuals to serve the military; the DADT should protect their safeties and careers. As we know, since there are still those in the military who are not willing to serve with homosexuals, and would rather beat and hurt these people. And this will pose danger to the homosexual military members. We have to change and add more provisions to DADT to make sure homosexuals can really get their equal rights.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is the first policy which aims at providing a peaceful environment to homosexuals in their military career. Focusing on its purpose, the DADT has already reached its goal - homosexuals are able to join the military by hiding their sexual preference today. However, these achievements are not the final goals; and there are still many other problems waiting to be solved. Since DADT has already given homosexuals more rights than before while not affecting the group of people who are against them. We should keep this policy and work on improving it.