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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!
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Publication:The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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