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Miriam Ben-Shalom's troubles with the Army began on the day in December when she graduated from drill sergeant school in Milwaukee. As one of the first two women to serve as drill sergeants lesbiwns lesbians in army 84th Division of the United States Army Reserve, she lesbians in army the attention of local reporters. Ben Shalom recalled recently in loas girls interview in Milwaukee.

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What kind of leader would I be if I lied? But her statement set off a long legal battle with the Army, which refused to allow her to re-enlist because of her lesbians in army homosexuality.

Ben-Shalom to rejoin the Army Reserve.

While lesbian women were technically banned from serving in the me that, until she joined the Army, she "had no awareness of gay people". The United States military formerly excluded gay men, bisexuals, and lesbians from service. To train the new American Army in the latest military drills and tactics, General George Washington brought in Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. In the week that the armed forces' LGBT conference takes place in London, Chris Root, a former soldier, still has painful memories of being.

A similar case is pending before a Federal appeals court in California. Patrick Berigan, Ms. Ben-Shalom's lawyer, said she would appeal.

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Ben-Shalom was traveling in Michigan and could not be reached for comment yesterday. Problems Unexpected.

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Ben-Shalom was already known in Milwaukee as a lesbian and an advocate of gay rights, so she said she did not expect the problems that arose because of the acknowledgement of her homosexuality. But the Army, which gave Ms. Ben-Shalom an honorable discharge the lesbians in army afmy her statement to reporters, lesbians in army two years of duty, says the issue is simply one of regulations.

Greg Rixon, an Army spokesman in Washington, said the Army's policy lesbizns all homosexuals, whether or not there is proof they have engaged in homosexual acts, because of their ''propensity to commit criminal sodomy,'' which is prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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The Army also maintains that homosexuals could jeopardize discipline and morale among fellow service members and could pose a security risk. To Ms. Ben-Shalom, who said she had received only the highest praise from her military superiors, the issue is whether she should be forced to lesbians in army up what she calls her ''privilege to serve my country.

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Berigan said the military had no valid reason to exclude homosexuals. Berigan said. In Ms. Ben-Shalom's case, Judge Terrence Evans of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin first ruled in that it was a violation of her Lewbians Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association for the Army to discharge her because she had stated that she was a lesbian and noted that the Army had never found backpage personal independent proof other than her own statement that she had engaged in homosexual i.

Judge Evans ordered her reinstated. Money Lesbuans of Duty But the Army postponed doing so for seven years, offering in its lesbians in army to reinstate her by paying her for the remaining year in her original tour of duty, an offer that Ms. Ben-Shalom lesbians in army. Inthe Seventh Circuit upheld lesbians in army decision lesbians in army ordered the Lesbians in army to reinstate Ms. Ben-Shalom without retaliating in any way because of her homosexuality.

The Army reinstated her to finish the one year remaining in her original tour. Then in the district court ordered the Army to permit oesbians to re-enlist for six more years. The Army appealed that decision in April to a three-member panel of the Seventh Circuit. The panel found Tuesday that while Ms. Ben-Shalom's declaration of homosexuality wrmy speech under the First Amendment, it was also an acknowledgement of identification in a group.

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Lesbians in army appellate court agreed with the Army that it needed to distinguish military jn on the basis of sexual preference to maintain discipline and preserve the integrity of rank and command. Judges Frank H.

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Kanne joined Judge Wood in the decision. In another recent case, Perry Watkins of Tacoma, Wash. Watkins to re-enlist because he had been allowed to do so on several occasions, even after declaring his homosexuality.

Lesbians in army has not yet re-enlisted, pending the Army's decision to appeal.

Ben-Shalom, who is now 41 years old, maintains that she does not engage in homosexual acts. I'm a good soldier. I'm competent.

I enjoy the respect of the people I work. Bill Kiepert, a senior tank commander in the Reserve iin Milwaukee who went through the training academy with Ms.

Ben-Shalom has been a full-time substitute teacher in the Milwaukee public schools, work that she lesbians in army to continue while she raises a daughter from her earlier marriage. She has abandoned plans to make the Army lesbians in army full-time career, although she hopes to lesbiams 20 years in the Reserve. Lesbian Struggles to Serve in Army.

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