My bad. No one can complain about being fragged because they'd be dead. I meant hazed or harassed. But it makes that email all the more chilling. And, in my view, far too gloomy about the next generation, and far too dismissive of the professional caliber of straight soldiers. Of course they can handle it. And so will the gays. With honor and fortitude, as they have in the past, but from the end of the ban on, with honesty and respect as well.

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