Academic journal article Military Review

Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America

Academic journal article Military Review

Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America

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UNFRIENDLY FIRE: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, Nathaniel Frank, Thomas Dunne Books, 2009, $25.95, 342 pages.

Nathaniel Frank's timing of his most recent work, Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, is uncanny. The book's release coincides with President Barack Obama's promise to end discrimination of gays in the military.

Frank examines the 1993 law that bans open homosexual service in the U.S. military, commonly known as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and provides compelling evidence why the law should be repealed. Frank researched governmental documents, congressional hearings, military service policies, and debates and discussions that led to the law's signing on 30 November 1993. His research included rarely discussed empirical data, interviews of senior government officials and military leaders (active and retired), visits to military bases, and interviews with former and present military members about their opinions on military service by homosexuals.

Frank believes the current policy has failed to accomplish its original intent. President Bill Clinton's promise of ending the military's ban on homosexuals was the genesis of the policy. …

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