Near the end of boot camp, and after, I heard the story of “Gay India”.
But first, an aside. This is a story that is going around the web. Claim is that it is from a marine recruiter.
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In boot camp, I was in Lima company.
There were comments about “Gay India”. After I graduated, my curiosity peaked and I enquired about why it was called that.
Story goes that a couple of recruits in India company decide they can’t take it, and want to be processed out. So they have someone send one of them a camera, and during the night, they go into the bathroom and snap photos of each other with the other recruits dick in their mouth.
They turn the photos over to the command and inform the command that they are gay and should be processed out.
Now here is where the story takes a twist I didn’t expect. Some higher up sits down with these two recruits, chats with them, asks them if it is really so bad. And then they change their mind and choose to stay.
So two guys, stuck someone else’s dick in their mouth to try to get kicked out, and ended up staying in anyways.
In the military there are these things called “reenlistment codes”. There are good and bad codes and the code is listed on the long form of your DD214.
I have the good reenlistment code due to the lazy incompetence of my units career planner. My MOS, 0311, was full and I was at least were suppose to get some code that was slightly lesser than would mean to only call us back should we be absolutely needed. Might have even gotten a worse code, I don’t know.
When I went to EAS, I had to check out with the career planner. That stupid lazy fuck wouldn’t listen to me when I went to talk to him, and tried to get me to leave. I needed him to sign my discharge check out sheet and paperwork, so I wouldn’t leave. I think he mistakenly thought I was checking into to the unit, so he just signed it, and I filled out the rest.
After my paperwork was processed, and I had a day or two left before I was to leave, this guy tracks me down and is livid. He has a handful of paperwork he is insisting that I fill out and so on. I tell this staff nco that he fucked up and he needs to fuck off.
Fucker was too lazy to even argue with me about it.
ANYWAYS, there is a point to this story.
RE codes are suppose to be a military only thing, and you are suppose to use your short form version of the DD214 when you are outside the military. But many companies know about RE codes and want to know the potential hire’s RE code to see if they had issues.
So there are RE codes for bad attitude, failure to adjust, weight problems, etc, etc. There are also all sorts of old RE codes that have been depreciated.
When I was in, one time my peers and I were talking about RE codes and we looked up a list. There are all sorts of old, depreciated code. A code that says you can’t reenlist cause your dead. Other codes for if you are pregnant, sexual perversion, drug use, etc. There was even a code for being a minority.
Turns out there were old RE codes from when the military processed people out for being gay.
There is one list online that has at least 15 different RE codes for being gay.
Back during this discussion we found out there was an old a RE code for “Homosexuality 1st Degree”. There is also a code for “Homosexuality 2nd Degree”.
That led us to wondering, “what the hell does that mean?” Is one suppose to be worse than another? Is it signifying the pitcher or receiver? Why would anyone care?
We never found out the answer to those questions. Don’t think any of us cared enough to find out.