Homosexuals in the U.S. Military: Open Integration and Combat Effectiveness

TitleHomosexuals in the U.S. Military: Open Integration and Combat Effectiveness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKier, Elizabeth
JournalInternational Security
Volume23
Issue2
Pagination5-39
Date Published09/1998
Abstract

Much of the debate about homosexuals in the military starts with the premise that U.S. policy must represent some balance or compromise between two competing ideals: guaranteeing civil rights and maintaining military effectiveness. In this article, the author argues that no such compromise is necessary; American policymakers are not facing a trade-off between national defense and civil rights: the open integration of gays and lesbians would not disrupt unit cohesion or undermine military performance.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/2539378
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