Military Mistakenly Recruits On LGBT Web Site

Jim Burroway

October 18th, 2007

USA Today is reporting that the the Army, Navy and Air Force had mistakenly advertised for recruits on, a networking website for gay professionals, despite gays being barred from military service under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Most of the jobs posted in the web site were for were thousands of hard-to-fill positions requiring specialized training, including Arabic translators, intelligence analysts, and medical professionals, as well as nearly a thousand combat positions. Ironically, we’ve seen dedicated gays and lesbians kicked out of all of these positions under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Recruiters were surprised about the postings on, and they said they would remove the ads:

“This is the first I’ve heard about it,” said Maj. Michael Baptista, advertising branch chief for the Army National Guard, which will spend $6.5 million on Internet recruiting this year. “We didn’t knowingly advertise on that particular website,” which he said does not “meet the moral standards” of the military.

Openly gay Americans proudly serving their country does not “meet the moral standards” of the military, but convicted felons and gang members are perfectly acceptable.

David B.

October 18th, 2007

I LOVE that they’re advertising for Arabic translators! Too bad advertising can’t be legally scene as an offer. I’d love to see them have to take back the translators that were purged!!

David B.


October 18th, 2007

Gay people are allowed to serve in the military; they just have to keep quiet about being gay. And GLEE doesn’t cater only to homosexuals. Its name stands for “Gays, lesbians, and everyone else.” So why doesn’t meet the moral standards of the US military?

Ben in oakland

October 18th, 2007

Is anyone noticing this? Before, we were unfit to serve and we would adversely affect unit cohesion and morale. It’s now that we don’t meet their “moral standards.”

Some points:

1) The last time Gen. Pace spoke on the subject, he made it quite clear his opposition to gay people in the miltary stemmed from his upbringing, and that it was not about ability or fitness to serve.

2) Quite apart from the idea that someone who kills other people for a living is eminently qualified to speak on someone else’s moral standards, we have…

…3) a brand new rationale that has nothing to do with military service. And…

…4) they have provided, the last I heard, 25000 ‘moral waivers’ for people who could never have gotten in before: people with criminal records and questionable stability.

Which leads me to conclude (not that I hadn’t already reached this conclusion) that…

…5) This has never been about gay people’s fitness to serve, and more than conctitutional amendments are about marriage or sodomy laws are about virtue.

It’s about prejudice, same as always.

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