Pentagon Comics: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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Over at his Comics With Problems page, Ethan Persoff has unveiled a 2001-vintage Pentagon instructional comic designed to teach soldiers about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It follows what happens when a male soldier goes to his superior officer to report that two men were seen engaging in homosexual acts. Here, one of the accused men is summoned to answer to the charge:

In another scenario in the comic, a soldier comes into a staff office and volunteers that he’s gay. Discharge proceedings are initiated against both men. There’s also a Q&A section—one example below:

And a warning about harassing other soldiers. This wiseguy gets in trouble with his superiors:

You can read the whole comic here. (And thanks to BoingBoing for the tip.)

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