In one class with a male professor, I wrote a sentence involving a general example and I used 'his.' My prof commented that I "should be more gender-neutral."
Then, in a class with a female professor, I write a sentence using "his or her," and the prof accuses me of using such vague prefixes because I'm "trying to pad the word count."
Moral of the story: political correctness stinks.
"When this bogus term alternative rock was being thrown at every '70s retro rehash folk group, we were challenging people to new sonic ideas. If some little snotty anarchist with an Apple Mac and an attitude thinks he invented dance music and the big rock group is coming into his territory, [that's] ridiculous." - Bono, 1997
The English language lacks gender-neutral pronouns, except in the sense that male pronouns are used for objects of indeterminate gender. I don't really have a problem with this, but I have started using Spivak pronouns anyway.
You have to think in the back of your mind that the possibility of dying in the line of service potentially could happen when you put your name on the line. My dad was too young for Vietnam, but he signed up shortly after he got out of HS in 1978.