Cover Your Ears: 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy forces more ladies from Army, Air Force


Pentagon statistics show the Army and Air Force discharging a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy which, doncha know, prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military.

You'd think the folks in charge would busy themselves working through other looming issues for women who serve—like the fact women in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq, as the LA Times reported in March.

In spite of women comprising a mere 14 percent of Army personnel, 46 percent of those discharged under the policy last year were women, the Seattle Times reported. And while 20 percent of Air Force personnel are women, 49 percent of its discharges under the policy last year were women. In 2006, 35 percent of the Army's discharges and 36 percent of the Air Force's were women, according to the statistics. These numbers were gathered under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a policy advocacy organization.

Pentagon officials did not explain why the numbers for women increased last year. Curious.

[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]