Military history of the policies of the armed forces for gay and lesbian. The us military had an inconsistent policy when it came to gay people in the military. To train the new american army in the latest military drills and tactics, general george washington brought in friedrich wilhelm von steuben(173094), who had been an officer on the german general staff. Von steuben escaped germany where he was threatened with prosecution for homosexuality. He joined washingtons army at valley forge in february 1778 accompanied by two young aides. Steuben became an american general, and a senior advisor to washington. Readiness and dadt repeal has the new policy of open service undermined the military. Data from multiple studies and from our own survey of gay military personnel suggest that few will choose to disclose their orientation. Officials volunteered that it was much harder to integrate women into the force than to allow gay people to serve without restriction. Military prepares to allow gays to openly serve, ending a policy commonly known as dont ask dont tell, men and women in uniform are being trained on what to expect and how. Each offering a different pot of paint to camouflage me into the background. And proclamations about the wrongness of gays in the military. For gay military members who choose to do so, there has been the extra burden that their partners must remain invisible. In one of the meetings i hold with active military men, three meet me in a. In some ways dont ask, dont tell, by locking gays into the closet, only complicated their lives. More than 13,000 were kicked out of the military under the clinton compromise. Air force to discharge technical sergeant leonard matlovich after he admits to being homosexual. Matlovich had challenged the militarys anti-gay policy on constitutional grounds. Matlovich appeals the district courts ruling, but would eventually accept an honorable discharge and cash.