November 16th, 2005

defining honor

disciplinary/discharge procedures for gays in the military

I want my characters to observe/be aware of and react to the discharge of someone for homosexuality but, while I've googled gays in the military, discharge of gays from the military, don't ask don't tell and any other phrase I can think of, all I'm getting is discussions of the actual don't ask don't tell policy. What I need, though, is a description of what happens when the military (specifically the Air Force) goes about discharging someone on the grounds of homosexuality. How does it start, how public is it, what kind of trial/proceedings are there, how much evidence is required, how long does it take...that kind of stuff. Any help? :)

Edited to clarify: I'm asking about the U.S. military, more specifically the U.S. Air Force.

Clothing identifying help. (pix provided)

My mind's blank. I'm writing a fanfic but I am having difficulty describing a priest's clothing -- it's not the standard black vestments. I know there is an official name (or two) for both items of clothing on the pictures but I completely forgot. Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Edit: Thanks to everyone that replied for the help and corrections! :)

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Androgynity and a pronoun problem

This is not precisely a little-detail question, but since this community is full of writerly types, perhaps someone can offer a stylistic trick that will solve my problem?

Leslie is a character whose gender I don't want to specify through use of she/he/his/her, and definitely not it/its. I suppose that for this particular situation (MTF in mid-transition and likely to stay in that state, as Leslie finds it comfortable and fears undergoing the full operation) se/hir would be an option, but it's too artificial to fit in my film-noir 1st person POV narration.

For the moment I'm having my narrator mention the conflict, decide that Leslie looks to be in a femme mood at the moment, and then use she/her exclusively, but it's a clumsy solution at best. My other choice would be to use Leslie's name exclusively, which would be very repetitive. Is there a more elegant way to refer to my character?
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blood changing color

I've no idea what search terms to use to google this properly, otherwise I would have.
How long would it take for fresh blood to go from bright red to that darker red that bloodstains turn? It's important for determining a time frame and whether or not a suspect could have committed the act she is accused of. If it matters, it's on a hard, not very porous surface.
Thanks in advance.