How very ... odd.
Despite homosexual conduct being a very specific exception to the stop-loss order across all services, the army is refusing to discharge Captain Donovan. One has to wonder why. I'm sure that at a minimum, it's that they need his specialty and have few or no backups. That said, homosexual conduct IS the one exception to the stop-loss order, and I would have thought that the military's regulations would have allowed the army no choice in this matter. I mean, "don't ask, don't tell" is one thing, but he's told. Four times, already, for heaven's sake. They can accuse him of faking all they want, but unless he's independently wealthy, it would be a hideously expensive hoax.
Of course, the other consideration is that they may be holding onto him until he specifies exactly what conduct, and with whom. In other words, they may think that he's been fooling around with other servicemen, and they want to know who it was. Judging by his commanding officer's response -- "Further investigation into this matter is not in the best interest of the Army", inDEED -- his commander may know or fear exactly the same thing. (Either that, or he's afraid that the publicity would be bad for the army at the current time, although I can't see how it could be worse than the original stop-loss order exception.)Posted by iain at February 12, 2002 01:11 PM