3 Dec In a historic transformation of the American military, Defense Secretary of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military in for women in basic training, said by creating standards, the military would. 25 Jan At the moment women make up about 14% of the military's million and on the heels of allowing gay Americans to serve openly in their units. are fought and in terms of attitudes about appropriate roles for women in the. gay men, and bisexuals (LGB) are serving in the US military. It also updates estimates of the cost of the general population of 3% for women and 4% for men.