Military Recruiters enforce "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by personally confirming recruits' heterosexuality
Here's what Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, said in the AP story on sexual misconduct by military recruiters:
There's a power dynamic here that's obviously very sensitive. Let's face it, these guys are handsome in their uniform, they're mature, they give a lot of attention to these girls, and as recruiters they do a lot of the same things that guys do when they want to appeal to girls. There's a very fine line there, and it can be very hard to maintain a professional approach.
Well, Ms. Donnelly, at least the recruiters are personally verifying that these patriotic young women aren't lesbians. Whether they, or their male counterparts, are well and fully qualified to volunteer for military service doesn't seem to be all that important to the Center for Military Readiness, as you don't seem to have anything to say about all the other recruiting violations, let alone encouraging real American heterosexuals to Be A Man (or Woman)! Enlist!
The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) would have a lot more credibility if it truly focused on how "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" harms military readiness.
UPDATE: Here's the CMR commentary on sexual assault allegations, "How to Distinguish Truthful Allegations from False Ones." It's worth a close and careful read. All of that said, however, in the military recruiting context, the recruiter is the adult in a position of trust. For very good reasons, military regulations prohibit any contact between recruiters and prospects that is not required by the recruiting mission. The recruiter's conduct in maintaining a professional approach remains his responsibility.