So over the last several months I've gotten a number of e-mails and calls and mailings from a US Air Force recruiter trying to get me to enlist as a Public Health officer. My grandfather and two uncles were in the USAF, and my cousin and my brother's ex-wife are currently enlisted, so it would probably be my choice of the armed services if I were to enlist. Except for one little problem.
I was on the Board of the Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association for 6 years and have been in their group photos in the Journal of the AVMA many, many times. You'd think that the FBI must have a file on me for such seditious activities (Hey, they're monitoring those crazy militant Quakers), or that the military would at least have a blacklist - after all, we're not that large a profession - but apparently not. So to clarify, I sent him the following e-mail:
You keep sending me recruiting materials, and I have a couple questions for you:
1) My partner is self-employed. If I were to enlist, would I be able to add him to my health care coverage?
2) We are planning on getting married in June of 2008. Would it be possible for us to have a military wedding on base, even though the marriage won't be recognized by the US government (We will be going to Canada for the legal marriage part, since they're rather a bit more forward-thinking)?
And just in case he's particularly thick, I attached a photo of David & myself. Had I been less tired, I might have thought of something more pithy to say, but I figured it should at least get the point across. Think he'll keep sending me things?