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At least 17 sailors are jailed and court-martialed before public outcry prompts the Senate to condemn the operation. Selective Service System includes "homosexual proclivities" as a disqualifying condition for inclusion in the military draft.
June 4, 1920 – Congress approves modified Articles of War. Army issues standards in which "stigmata of degeneration" such as feminine characteristics and "sexual perversion" can result in a male being declared unfit for service. 1942 - Military psychiatrists warn that "psychopathic personality disorders" make homosexual individuals unfit to fight.
January 20, 1950 – Army Regulation 600-443 is published, identifying three categories of homosexuals.
Those deemed to be aggressive are placed in Class I and are subjected to general court-martial.
A well-rounded, well-liked student, Milk played football and sang in the opera at Bay Shore High School.
Although there were isolated instances in which service personnel met with limited success through lawsuits, efforts to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving either legislatively or through the courts initially proved unsuccessful.
To train the new American Army in the latest military drills and tactics, General George Washington brought in Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730–94), who had been an officer on the German General staff.
Von Steuben escaped Germany where he was threatened with prosecution for homosexuality.
He joined Washington's army at Valley Forge in February 1778 accompanied by two young aides.
Steuben became an American general, and a senior advisor to Washington.