The military now accepting openly gay enlistees — but it's a double bind

Army applicant: Hi, I'm Bob, I'm gay and I want to enlist.


Army recruiter: Oh, that's cool, Bob. Let's begin the paperwork. But, Bob, just so you know — Don't Ask Don't Tell could be reinstated. Which means that, since you've told me you're gay, we could still potentially use that admission against you and throw your ass out of the Army. Of course, if you hadn't told me, you'd be fine, but you did, and I wrote it down, so you're potentially screwed. You OK with that?

Dan Choi has begun the process of re-enlisting. In one respect, that's huge news: The former Army infantry officer has been one of the most visible opponents of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," having protested the policy (and his own discharge) by twice handcuffing himself to the White House fence. The fact that he can re-enlist reflects a Pentagon directive (following the ruling of a federal judge that DADT is unconstitutional)  that tells recruiters they can now accept openly gay and lesbian applicants.

But, as the New York Times points out, the recruiters are also instructed to tell those applicants that DADT could be reinstated at any time — because the military is in the process of appealing the decision.

So, imagine the scenario:

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