You never answered my question. Why do they segregate men and women?
Uhhh.... They segregate for a lot of reasons. Cause some straight people don't think they or someone else could control themselves if they saw the other naked. Cause some people have nakedness issues and don't want to be seen naked by people who might find them attractive. Cause the mystery would be removed "Is that all he's got? Why bother..." Cause the religious teaching say so.
I don't have a rational reason why they should be separate. Just cultural emotional ones left over from church and growing up in American society.
Don't most of those also apply to homosexuals now as well? Just because you have good self control doesn't mean everyone does. And regardless of the level of self control its going make uncomfortable anyone who feels they might be the object of sexual desire. Showering together is the obvious example to go to though, but this could be extended to many of the different aspects of a soldiar's life while they're in the army. What is appropriate and what isn't? Who decides? The lines were clearly drawn when women joined the army, but you still have to expect that it was a large expense to the goverment to allow them in, having to have seperate housing and utilities when before everyone could use the same ones.
I'm personally in favor of gays in the military. I don't think that sexual orientation should come into play when one wishes to fight for their country. However, theres alot of gray area when it comes to what policies the goverment needs to put into place to protect the personal privacy of each individual soldiar. I can understand why it's taking so long for them to come to any official decisions, and I'm glad I'm not in charge of figuring out how to accomadate homosexuals into the atmosphere the US army.
I guess this is all a little off topic for the one douchebag general who considers homosexuality immoral.