Keith Nolan, presenting at a TED conference event, makes a strong case for it.
(video under the fold because of autoplay issues)
I’ll make the obvious counterargument- the very fact that he needs an interpreter to give his presentation shows he is incapable of performing the duties he wishes to fulfill.
While I appreciate Mr. Nolan’s desire to serve, I have a strong suspicion that his desire is in large part more about advancing deaf “culture” than improving the capabilities of the Armed Forces.
Service in the military is a privilege, not a right. As a recruiter, I was compelled to turn away any number of people from enlistment, for any number of reasons. Some people were too fat, some were too stupid, some had criminal incidents in their past. Many had what would be considered otherwise minor health issues that might preclude them from completing their enlistment. Does that make them bad people? No. Does that make the military a bad organization for denying them? No. The military has limited resources and unlimited responsibilities. Every accommodation to marginal recruits comes out of the resources available to those recruits best qualified to serve. Let’s focus on them.
(thanks for the tip, Roamy)