Marcus Christopher Alt’s 2015 dissertation examines the place and experience of gay identity within the US military. Using interviews with thirteen servicemen – some actively serving, others retired – Alt explores concepts of masculinity within the military and through the experiences of the interviewees.
There were no set criteria pertaining to “outness” of sexual orientation during their time serving; however, it was important that the individuals selfidentified as “out” or openly gay at the time of the interview. Discussion of “outness” primary pertained to service prior to the repeal of DADT
Alt maps the terrain of the responses with engaging domains and themes that bring to light areas of common and unique experience for the participants. His closing remarks detail the substantial amount of work left to be done in this area and outline a number of new lines of inquiry.
Marcus Christopher Alt. “The experiences of gay, military men and the impact on one’s sense of masculinity.” PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2015.