The Army, Navy,
and Air Force advertised for new recruits on a gay Web
site until told of their error. According to USA
Today, the military recruiters were advertising on
GLEE.com, a site for gay and lesbian professionals.
However, the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy prevents gays and lesbians from openly serving
in any branch of the armed forces, so the recruiters
have since pulled the ads.
Most of the
military jobs posted were hard-to-fill positions requiring
advanced training, although some ads sought to fill core
combat slots at a time when the Iraq War has
challenged recruiters to meet goals. They included:
of Navy openings for doctors, dentists, intelligence
analysts, Arabic translators, and others.
of Air Force jobs for optometrists, social workers,
physician's assistants, and nurses.
1,000 Army National Guard and active Army positions,
including infantry and artillery.
The ads were
placed through GLEE's parent company, New York-based
Community Connect, as part of an alliance with jobs-listing
Steve Ralls of
the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a gay advocacy
group, savored the irony of the military's errant recruiting
"The majority of
GLEE's members would not be allowed to be as open in
the military as they are online," he told USA
Today, adding that gays "have been drummed out of the
armed forces simply for using sites like GLEE."
Since "don't ask,
don't tell" was put in effect in 1993, 11,082 soldiers
have been discharged at a huge cost, estimated by some to be
$363 million, to American taxpayers. (The