Documents released to a biological weapons watchdog in Austin, Texas confirm that the US military did investigate the idea. It was included in a CD-Rom produced by the US military in 2000 and submitted to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002. The documents show that $7.5m was requested to develop the weapon. The documents were titled "Harassing, Annoying and Bad Guy Identifying Chemicals" includes several proposals for the military use of chemicals that could be sprayed on to enemy positions. "One distasteful but non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behaviour," says the proposal from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio.
The Pentagon did not deny that the proposal had been made.
It sounds pretty hare-brained to me but the idea of a weapons that don’t cause people to have their heads or guts splattered across a battlefield is not a bad idea (the idea of not having battle fields at all is of course far more attractive). It’s certainly no dafter than the First Earth Battalion. Coming back across the Atlantic our military has had plenty of its own crackpot schemes. The Panjandrum springs to mind