Open Homosexuals within the ranks of the military is not conducive to high standard of work, esprit de corps, etc.
How so? An openly homosexual servicemember would be subject to the same rules of behavior as an openly heterosexual servicemember. Their behavior in the workplace or on the battlefield should in no way reflect their sexuality. At least, that's what we're taught in the Navy. I don't know how it is in other branches.
As an American Infantryman serving on Active Duty, I am whole heartedly against removing the "don't ask don't tell" policy.
Duly noted. However, you, like I, really have no say in what our Higher-ups decide. If the President (that is, our Commander-in-chief) tells us that gays are allowed to serve openly, then there's piss-all you can do about it.
Are homosexuals going to be given different quarters and latrines? They should, we don't allow women and men to shower together, neither should they force straight men to shower with sodomites.
The problem is, men and women aren't segregated because of their sexual preferences, but because of their physical differences. A gay male in your berthing/latrine is still a male. A gay female is still a female.
I need to know that my buddies are watching my back, not watching my backside.
Let me ask you this, armyman. Since you will likely call yourself heterosexual, when you are deployed with females, are you watching their backs, or their backsides? Personally, I look out for my female co-workers as much as I do for my male ones. My belief being that I need to focus more on the "co-worker" aspect and ignore the gender aspect. From your implication, you care more about watching the girls go by then you do about doing your job. That being the case, you are a piss-poor representation of our Armed Forces, imo.
Many people will not re-enlist if they remove this policy, or so I feel from a general concensus.
Actually, you may be correct. According to one poll I've seen, as many as 25% of active duty members will not re-up should DADT be revoked. While I understand that this is a problem for the Army and the Marines due to low manning, it's actually a boon for the Navy and Air Force, given how overmanned we are.