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AN APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE
LOUIS JOLYON WEST; WILLIAM T. DOIDGE; ROBERT L. WILLIAMS
Am J Psychiatry 1958;115:392-401.
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Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Behavioral Sciences, University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and University Hospitals, Oklahoma City.

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, George-town University Medical School, Washington, D. C.

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The problem of homosexuality in the Armed Forces is briefly discussed. A critique of the present approach to the problem is offered. In the light of observations made in a controlled clinical study, and a review of four years' experience with 458 cases, a number of suggestions are offered for a new approach. These include: 1. Modification of punitive official attitudes; 2. Elimination of routine extensive investigations; 3. Establishment of the primary disorder as the basis for discharge; 4. Elimination of the special stigma; 5. Utilization of benign investigation procedures; and 6. Fulfillment of present potentially liberal retention policies.

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