An Elephant Named Morality

Armed Forces Journal, pp. 34-37, September 2010

4 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2010

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David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

James E. Parco

Colorado College

Date Written: September 3, 2010


Arguments over the don't ask, don't tell policy (10 USC 654) which bans homosexuals from service in the United States military often ignore the most fundamental issue: morality. The argument is straightforward: (1) Sexual misconduct is a matter of choice; (2) acts of sexual misconduct are immoral; (3) those who commit immoral acts are themselves, immoral; and, (4) immoral individuals aren't fit for military service. Military leaders can no longer ignore the moral argument – the elephant in the room – when debating the merits of adopting new policies governing the rights of gay and lesbian military members to serve.

Keywords: DADT, gay, lesbian, military, policy, sexual orientation, diversity, attitudes

JEL Classification: J11, J12, J18

Suggested Citation

Levy, David A. and Parco, Jim, An Elephant Named Morality (September 3, 2010). Armed Forces Journal, pp. 34-37, September 2010. Available at SSRN:

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