Sexual Orientation of Soldiers to Be Checked by Tattoos, Says Report
Published: January 24, 2013 (Issue # 1743)
MOSCOW ľ TheáDefense Ministry's central administration onáwork with military personnel has developed aátechnical guide that urges leaders ofámilitary units involved ináwork with theátroops toácheck theásexual orientation ofáconscripts andácontract soldiers entering theámilitary, aánews report said Thursday.
Theánew guidelines, based onáa psychology textbook published byáa military university iná2005, call forácarrying out aáphysical examination andárecommend checking forátattoos ináintimate places onáthe new recruits' bodies, Izvestia reported, citing aácopy ofáthe guidelines that it obtained.
Special attention is recommended forátattoos near theáface, sexual organs andábuttocks, as theáauthor believes that such tattoos reveal possible sexual deviations.
"The reason forágetting tattoos could indicate aálow cultural or educational level. If anáinfluence byáexternal factors is determined, foráexample, persuasion or direct coercion, this indicates theámalleability ofáthe young man, his disposition toásubmit toáanother's will," theátext says.
Theáguidelines also include aáwide range ofáwarning signs indicative ofámental instability, including early sexual experience andá'uncontrolled sexual behavior,' both ofáwhich are included ináthe same category as alcohol abuse, running away fromáhome, suicidal tendencies andátheft.
Officers acting as mentors toánew recruits are advised toáhold aápersonal conversation with theáconscripts toáask about sexual experience andáconduct aáphysical examination, paying special attention toáany tattoosáŚ but only after leading up toásuch intimate questions byáasking about family, everyday life, success ináschool andáattitudes toward alcohol.
Theáguidelines offer aáwide range ofáadvice onávarious issues, fromáhow toáspot anáopinion-shaper andánatural-born leader within theáranks toáwhat role religious andáethnic aspects will have ináthe barracks.
Most officers surveyed onáthe new guidelines said they don't intend toástrictly follow theáguidelines.
Anáundisclosed battalion chief assistant ináthe Southern Military District was cited as saying: "I just physically can't so confidentially hold aádiscussion with each new recruit. Theácommanders do that anyway. What will they do, examine their genitals foráany tattoos? Andáhow will they ask about someone's first sexual experience? 'Hey, when did you have your first woman, rookie? Answer directly, no beating around theábush!'"
Aámilitary psychologist who works with personnel noted that theámilitary remains aástronghold ofátraditional views onásexuality.
Theábattalion chief assistant echoed that sentiment, saying: "I had one gay contract soldier who joined just toáfind more partners foráhimself. Forápeople like that, ofácourse, there's no place ináthe army."