When I return home from a long training event, sometimes I simply want to put on my civvies, step outside with my partner, hand-in-hand, and walk through the neighborhood. Humor is just how we express ourselves. It means looking at your fellow soldier and muttering those ubiquitous words: Third, soldiers are some of the funniest people I have ever met. We share our hopes and fears, and we learn things about one another we would rather not.
Link to this video. The number of active duty soldiers who oppose allowing gay soldiers to serve openly drops precipitously each year. So when I think about how soldiers would respond should this policy change, I cannot help but think that many soldiers though clearly not all would simply shrug it off and welcome the gay soldier with a joke.