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DOD Set for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 – The repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is slated to take effect tomorrow, a senior Defense Department official told reporters today.

The repeal of the law will mean gay and lesbian service members may be open about their sexual orientation. The department is ready for repeal, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will discuss the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law tomorrow at a Pentagon news conference.

“This is something that has been known for a long time,” Little told press members. “We’ve gone through a process to certify repeal.”

Nearly all service members have taken the training associated with the law’s repeal. Little praised the services for their efforts.

Recruiters are accepting applications from openly gay and lesbian applicants seeking to enlist in the military. While many changes in policies and regulations already have taken place, some changes in how repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law will be implemented must wait until after the law takes effect.

These policies and regulations will be promulgated tomorrow, the Pentagon press secretary said.

“No one should be left with the impression that we are unprepared. We are prepared for repeal,” Little said. “The force is well aware that this is coming. They’ve had the training. It’s been in the press for months. The September 20th day is not a mystery.”


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9/19/2011 4:20:35 PM
How does the military plan to handle housing andf benefits that narried couples have and are you going to uphold the Defense fior Marriage Act? Will partners have access to PXs and oither perks. How will partners be treated on health issues as to health insurance. Will those of sdame genders married in States that alow marriages of same gender be treated as "married couples" and how will you handle deploymnet of these "new" same gender couples. I will assume all thiese items are unfer review and if they are not allowed, will they be allowed becuase iof same gender couples will be pushing fior them as miinorities, Will you actively recruit openly gay persons in you recruitment ads, . I assume the Code oif Military Justice will have to be revised in total .
- A Lisi, Ohio

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