Friday, March 4, 2011

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Lite

Charleston-based sailors in trouble for sleepy night watching Vampire Diaries

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Goodbye, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Hello, "willful failure to exhibit professional conduct." The Washington Post is reporting today that the Navy is trying to force out a sailor stationed in Charleston because his roommate found him asleep on his bed with another sailor after watching an episode of Vampire Diaries. The two weren't in any compromising position, but the Navy is still pursuing the ouster of Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones for alleged "willful failure to exhibit professional conduct" in his quarters, according to the Post. Jones is contesting the discharge.

An investigative summary of the episode shows that a roommate claims he came in to find Jones and his friend asleep on the bed in their boxer shorts. Jones told investigators he was wearing pajamas, according to the Post. It's not against the rules to fall asleep in the same bed with another sailor, but Thomas Dougan, a spokesman at Charleston's Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, told the paper that "the determination was that two sailors sharing the same rack was unprofessional."

Jones has not disclosed his sexuality and Dougan says the military's policy is not to ask anyone whether or not they're gay. But gay service members are still prohibited from serving openly until the Defense Department is prepared to change the policy.

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