Bob Fortier (3/17, Letters) counters that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should remain in place. If Mr. Fortier ever served in the conditions he writes about, he would know that what matters in combat is not your squad mate’s skin color, religion, ethnic heritage or sexuality. What matters is his or her competence. War has an amazing ability to make everything else irrelevant.
Inappropriate behavior of any sort — straight or gay — is rightly dealt with through the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
I am a retired Army officer. At West Point I was taught to “choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is the easier wrong and must be repealed. It denies able-minded citizens, willing to serve, the right to serve. And it denies the nation the benefits of their service — service that can and always has made a difference for the good.