Should I mention my open bisexuality in the "adversity" essay?

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  1. LAto1Day2021

    LAto1Day2021 New Member

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    It fits but I'm really uneasy about it.
     
  2. AJC

    AJC Member

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    trust your instincts
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm not sure if I'd mention anything "sexuality" it an application.
     
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  4. Cerberi

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    Assume this is a joke
    However any discussion of sexuality in a job interview - candidate won't be hired

    It is not appropriate
     
  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I think this is a "depends" issue. If the goal is just to inform the audience (not sure if you are talking about the personal statement for USNA or MOC nominations) of your sexuality, then as mentioned above, it is inappropriate as most probably do not care or want to know. If the goal is to explain how your sexuality placed you in an adverse situation where you had to fight through certain issues or take a hard stance to demonstrate your own character/integrity, then inclusion might be warranted. Depending on your situation (which none of us know or requests to know), it might be no different than someone fighting gender equality, racial, cultural, religious, etc. issues. However, your explanation of why it is an adverse issue AND how that affected you (character/integrity) must be explained very well. You must assume that when you make such a statement, it will "jump out" at the reader and they might have doubts of why you choose this particular situation over others....which is why you need a very good explanation. Sometimes it is the unique things that distinguish candidates. I would caution you to think about your intentions for writing on the issue (relevant/appropriate) and if you pursue it, make sure that a very good argument and explanation accompanies it. Ultimately, it is your decision.
     
  6. AF6872

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    I think this is a Troll. Just my opinion.
     
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  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    I can see how a transgender status needs to be disclosed for medical reasons (surgical history, hormone treatment, etc). Your sexuality isn't noteworthy to the military.
     
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  8. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    1) Don't ask, don't tell is way gone. They don't care who you are sleeping with, if anyone or no one (fencersmother's choice is the last there. Call me old fashioned.)

    2) Is there any chance your bisexuality will be considered a "hook" by an adcom? Not too stinking likely, since they don't ask it. If they don't ask, really, it's because they aren't interested.

    3) If you are not a troll, well, you need to do better homework.
     
  9. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB

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    I agree with this. If you have an experience with adversity related to your sexuality and a compelling story about how you dealt with it, then I say you should write about it. As long as you make the focus squarely on the situation you overcame, I think it could make for a very good essay. When you finish it, I'd give it to some trusted friends with both conservative and liberal views and see what their impressions are, asking them to focus on what jumps out at them/seems to be the central theme (don't tell them what you intended it to be). Good luck.
     
  10. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    While it is possible that the OP is a troll, it is very likely that this thread (especially the post from @usnabgo08 ) will prove valuable to other candidates lurking out there.
    If a troll promotes conflicts that is one thing, but in this case a thoughtful dialogue has resulted.

    Juste mes deux cents
     
  11. Alaskan

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    How is your sexual orientation an adversity?
     
  12. AJC

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    OP, if you are a troll please write and post the essay.
    might make for interesting reading.
     
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  13. Alaskan

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    What you find as an adversity, will say just as much or more than how you handled said, "adversity". They are looking for young men and women who are focused.
     
  14. Alaskan

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    I'm sure I wouldn't.
     
  15. Alaskan

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    As long as those "instincts", are appropriate.
     
  16. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    AF6872, you might be right looking at the posting data (hindsight)...hopefully it is useful to someone!
     

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