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“Unprofessional Conduct” Is The New DADT

dadt, unprofessional conduct, gay blog, gay news
The Vampire Diaries will get you discharged!

Navy Petty Officer Stephen Jones, stationed at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, is being discharged from the military after he fell asleep in his bunk with a fellow officer.

The two reportedly fell asleep after watching the CW’s Vampire Diaries in their boxer shorts, which admittedly sounds pretty gay. When Jones’ bunkmate returned to their room that night, the two awoke and the sleeping friend left immediately. Jones’ bunkmate alerted their superior officers of the sleepover, and not the Navy is proceeding with discharging him.

But I thought Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was killed by Congress? Yes and no, really. Congress voted to repeal the military rule, but it has yet to take full effect. The worrisome and very telling thing here though is that the Navy isn’t using DADT to push out this soldier. Instead, the Navy is citing its rules about “unprofessional conduct.”

CNN reports:

“It is a violation of the Command Instruction for sailors to act unprofessionally in the barracks. It is considered unprofessional conduct to share the same bed in Navy barracks,” said Thomas Dougan, a spokesman for the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

Jones, who claims nothing sexual happened, said they were both clothed, him in pajama pants and a white t-shirt and McGee in boxers, and that two were not under the covers together. Jones was lying above the covers while McGee lay below.

Jones’ roommate, who was uncomfortable by what he saw, according to Myers, Jones’ attorney, moved out of the room a day later and reported the incident to command officials. An investigation was launched, ending with the Command attempting to punish Jones and McGee by a “Captain’s Mast,” a non-judicial procedure meant to avoid a court martial.

“I’m not pleading guilty to something that I didn’t do. I did not commit a crime,” said Jones. “I am the type of person that takes responsibility for my actions. If I break a rule, I take my punishment. And I know I did not break any rules.” Myers also said he is adamant that no crime was committed.

“In the end, Jones was charged with falling asleep while watching a show on his computer while on his bed over the covers where another man under the covers was also sleeping. This is not a crime and never will be as there was and is no duty to avoid such a circumstance as a matter of laws,” said Myers in a statement sent to the Navy.

Jones and his lawyer charge that the Naval Command suspects Jones of being gay and wants to discharge him for that reason alone. “This Command suspects that Jones is a homosexual but has no proof. It cannot invoke ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ because there is no homosexual conduct and there is no admission of homosexuality. Yet this homophobic Command is using its suspicions to reach the same result as though there were,” said Myers. “This is bigotry disguised as the rule of law.”

Jones would not comment on his sexual orientation saying, “that is my business and my business alone”.

How exactly is this any different from Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? Besides the part where Jones has neither told anyone he is gay, or been caught doing anything gay. In fact, this is worse!

Are you angry to hear about the Navy’s new excuse for discriminating against American soldiers?

Via CNN

  • Chris Marshall

    Double Standards…. Yeah When I was an E-6 we had the no four feet in bed policy, but I know for a fact that no one in my unit had an eye batted at them if that second pair was of a female. Thanks for the Post UB, this is why the SCOUS needs to handle this problem because our legislation and our “commander and chief” has clearly failed!

  • Anonymous

    I think the problem lies in enforcement. I think it’s interesting that the commentator below said that the rule is often not enforced when opposite-sex couples are concerned. Frequently, it’s not the rule itself, but how it is enforced that can violate fairness. Besides, why does anyone care how many people are in a bed when the soldiers are in their bunker? Rules like this one ought to be questioned and probably amended if they cannot be enforced with equality.

  • notmyrealname

    “Unprofessional Conduct” is not new, it’s been around as long as there has been “conduct” (in other words, forever).

  • Craig Slade

    I have to say as a GAY man who thinks we should be free to choose what we do. But, they disobeyed the rule. I do think the punishment is harsh but still they went against policy straight or gay, they’re there for a reason. I hope us gays do not push this out of context, as we have more important things to focus on that need the medias attention.

  • In my experience as a civilian & sometimes military chaser, the “Nukes” in the Navy are a very anti-gay bunch. If these guys had been in sonar school, I don’t know that there’d even be an issue.