SAN FRANCISCO — High schools across the city soon will no longer have Junior Reserve Officers’Training Corps programs after officials decided to eliminate them because of the Pentagon’s"don’t ask, don’t tell"policy regarding gay service members.
1,600 students kicked out of the JROTC club in San Francisco high schools because of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding sexual orientation. Basically said policy states that sexual orientation is not to be a topic of conversation in the military.
This is one of the most blatantly anti-military acts I have ever seen. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, district officials claim that students are being subjected to unnecessary pressures if recruiters are allowed to sow ideas among them. Um… excuse me? A “don’t ask don’t tell” policy seems to ELIMINATE pressure to me. Why aren’t homosexual clubs banned from schools then, if we’re following this line of thought?
Furthermore, students are NOT forced or pressured into the JROTC programs. They must go to the officer on campus and get parental permission to join. And as a JROTC representative said:
“If people want to participate in it and their families want them to participate, I think they have a right to participate without putting them in the political peril of being in this ideological debate.”
I think this whole thing is outrageous. Thoughts?