"I think a little of both," said Copas, "but I would just be guessing."
The Army had spent two years training Copas as an Arabic linguist, he said. His specialty was to be translating intercepted radio transmissions in combat areas. However, he was kicked out of the Army before he ever deployed.
During training, he said, he performed in three different local community theater productions: "Ragtime," "Children of Eden," and "Beauty and the Beast."
According to government statistics compiled by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a non-profit legal advocacy group, Copas is at least the 55th Arabic linguist dismissed over homosexuality allegations.
Copas was discharged this January. He has moved back home, enrolled in graduate school -- and joined a new community performance group, Theater Bristol, which picked him to play the male lead in its production of "Bye Bye Birdie," he said. Performances start next weekend.