By Suzanne Ruta
Updated October 16, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

The military’s ban on homosexuals may cost taxpayers millions each year, but the human cost is incalculable, as Joseph Steffan reveals in Honor Bound: A Gay American Fights for the Right to Serve his Country. A soft-spoken, highly intelligent young man from Minnesota, Steffan survived the brutal plebe year at Annapolis, was among the top 10 in his class and headed for the submarine corps when the Naval Academy discharged him on learning he was gay. Honor impelled him to fight back with a lawsuit and this thoughtful expose of sexism, homophobia, and stupidity among the top brass. A