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It was the morning after a welcome back party, and Jones was calling to thank a fellow Navy serviceman who organized the bash.
The man wasn't in, so Jones left him a message at his military office, and then he did something without thinking about it. The man Jones had called was his longtime boyfriend and part of an entire life Jones had for years kept hidden from even his closest SEAL comrades and, even more importantly at the time, the Navy.
This wasnearly a decade before the end of Don't Ask Don't Telland a time when serving openly in any service as homosexual was forbidden. Jones said he had known he was gay since he was 6-years-old and had just decided to risk keeping the secret in order to serve with one of the most elite military forces in the world.
But those three words just about did him in. He said a woman in the same office as Jones' boyfriend at the time heard the message and reported it up the Navy's chain of command. Jones said the military pulled his hard-earned security clearance and "treated [him] like [he] was a criminal.
Jones' SEAL team quickly found out, and though Jones said the special operations world is "ultra-masculine" and apt to paint the gay community in a negative light, actually most of his teammates were supportive. A couple weeks later the Navy dropped their investigation. Jones had a reprieve but decided that when his end-of-service date next came up, he wouldn't try to stick around. As his Navy record shows, Jones was honorably discharged in June More than a decade later, Jones, now with a husband and son, decided to break his silence to the world about his sexuality, because he is in the process of writing a book about his experiences that he believes could "possibly help someone struggling with who they are, or help people understand that diversity is one of the greatest gifts the world has to offer.
He is one of the first ex-SEALs in the relatively small special operations world to ever to come out so publicly, and he first spoke directly to that "ultra-masculine" community through SOFREP. Kristin Beck, who as "Chris" served 20 years as a SEAL, struggled with her sexuality while fighting alongside special operations warriors in some of the most dangerous places in world. In her book, Beck says she "considered living as the woman he felt himself to be for a very long time, but while he was serving as a SEAL, he couldn't do it. And so far, he has no regrets.
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