When talking to fellow ship designers I have pointed out that the "Starship Troopers" reference is that only logically consistant model to follow. By putting openly homo men in the same berthing compartment as hetero men you are creating a powder keg. There is only the very basic level of privacy in your rack and virtually none in the heads and showers. What happens when heteros are made to feel that they are putting on a show? If a man puts an unwanted suggestive hand on a woman he gets slapped and no one blames her. Is physical retaliation in a similar homo on hetero incident going to be accepted? The heteros have a point in asking, "If I have to take a shower with guys who get off on guys than why can't I take a shower with who I get off on which is women?" And as a commanding officer I would say that you don't pay me enough to deal with this cr@p.

Posted by Mike F at February 5, 2010 08:48 AM

"Infantry, armor, and cavalry units are largely free of these concerns, except to the extent these combat arms soldiers are attracted to women in adjacent gender-integrated units."

A cute female medic not only has her choice of infantry officers, but she also has access to an unlimited supply of Robitussin.

This adds +6 to her charisma, and makes saving throws against her virtually impossible.

Posted by Schliemann (a former infantry officer) at February 7, 2010 04:55 PM

Schlieman, that reminds of an e-mail soundbite that worked its way around MND-B--an officer was busted for, how shall we say, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, with a female 'terp. The gal was described as: "hot, and not just wartime hot, but anytime, anywhere hot."

Posted by LMC at February 7, 2010 08:43 PM