In G I Jane, officials questioned Jordan after she was seen with a member of the same sex in public with proof (a picture).

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Is it wrong for a NAVY SEAL soldier to be seen with a member of the same sex in public?

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    What does "moving with same sex" mean?
    – Paulie_D
    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:24
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    I edited the post. Mar 9, 2017 at 12:09
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    Also, a SEAL is not a soldier but a sailor.
    – M.Mat
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:20
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    If it were true, you'd only be able to have at most two members on the same SEAL team.
    – OrangeDog
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:39

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It isn't wrong for a SEAL to be seen in public with a member of the same sex

But this isn't the reason that Jordan was in trouble.

The reason that she was in trouble is because they were trying to portray her as a lesbian, and...

You were not allowed to be openly homosexual in any branch of the United States Armed Forces

From 1993 the United States Armed Forces had a Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy. This meant you could be "closeted" and still serve however you could not be openly gay.

In particular to your question:

The act specified that service members who disclose that they are homosexual or engage in homosexual conduct should be separated (discharged) except when a service member's conduct was "for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service" or when it "would not be in the best interest of the armed forces"

In December 2010, The House and Senate passed, and President Barack Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and, under its provisions, restrictions on service by gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel ended as of September 20, 2011.

So at this point in time, filmed in 1997, it was after 1993 and the signing of the DADT act but before 2011 and the signing of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, it would have been against DADT for her to have been a lesbian in the SEALs.

As she was becoming a bit of an embarrassment to the establishment by doing so well and becoming a bit of a celebrity, they were trying all they could to get rid of her, including portraying her as a lesbian, by using the photo as "proof", for which they could have discharged her.

In total at least 13,650 service personnel were discharged under the terms of DADT in the 17 years it was in place.

not all discharged personnel will have come forward with the reasons for their discharge

  • DADT was not suspended but overturned by SCOTUS in 2010; Full implementation of the repeal occurred on September 20, 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – M.Mat
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:26
  • @M.Mat the link to DADT in the answer says it was suspended prior to the repeal act being in place. I'll remove it if it is causing confusion though. Mar 9, 2017 at 13:30
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    Ultimately the law was repealed so saying 'suspended' is confusing. Thanks for your attention.
    – M.Mat
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:33
  • @M.Mat granted, it was superfluous due to the subsequent repeal. Now removed. Mar 9, 2017 at 13:34

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