Timothy remarks at the strange paradox that convicted felons are considered fit for duty while gay people with no criminal records are not. Moreover, the Pentagon is actively discharging trained, capable gay Americans from the service.
So you can't be gay and serve, but you can have committed a whole slew of bad things and serve--a disturbing list of nasties including
You can find the complete list of convictions that are acceptable for military service (and the number of convicted felons in each category who are presently serving in each branch of the military) online here, courtesy of the House Oversight Committee. It's a stunning list!
- kidnapping or abduction
- rape, sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, incest or other sexual crimes
- indecent acts or liberties with a child
- terrorist threats including bomb threats
I should point out that, according to the House Oversight report, the Air Force stands alone as the one branch of the military that continues to reject felons from service.
Hat tip: Box Turtle Bulletin