This is the year 2002 for crying out loud! It's sickining that these bigotries still exist. Just because you've been in the military, Slacker, doesn't mean you know better than everyone else. It just means you have had a close up perspective. It wasn't this gay man's fault that you all hated him. It was your own fault. Because of YOUR and YOUR UNIT'S bigotries and hatred, this perfectly good soldier was kicked out. The only reason morale would drop in a platoon if a soldier admitted he was gay is if members of that platoon are homophobs. You say "how am i to know if he is going to stay to help me or run off and help his "friend?"". I racist soldier 50 years ago would have said "How am i to know a black soldier is going to stay and help me or run off to help his black friend?" Its a matter of what your own problems are. If you have THAT big a problem with fighting with a homosexual, then maybe you should have left teh army. The problem was not his, it was yours.