Tell and serve anyway.
Previously it was reported here that a number of students in
Minneapolis had carried out a bit of agitprop against the
military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy by
going to a recruitment office and signing up for the Army, only to
reveal that they were gay and therefore ineligible to serve. At the time
we mused, what if some bored or desperate recruiter decided just to look
the other way and sign these guys up? So be careful what you agitprop
for! Well, life imitates musings, it would seem, and now it looks as if
some military recruiters are doing just that. A team of investigative
journalists at CBS4 in Denver reported late last year that they had gone
undercover to expose shady recruiting practices at military offices. In
several interviews a CBS "applicant" revealed that he was gay,
but he was not disqualified or informed of the military's policy.
One recruiter responded, "I'll pretend I didn't hear
that. Is that right?" As for the Minneapolis students, who were
part of a national strategy to flummox recruitment officers by coming
out as gay, no word on whether any of them has encountered one of these
indulgent recruiting officers desperate to make his monthly quota. But
don't say you weren't warned!