Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Certified

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Today marks a historic occasion.  After a careful and methodical process, the President and the Department of Defense have certified that prerequisites for the  repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have been met. Since December of last year, the Repeal Implementation Team has worked to coordinate the necessary changes to policy and regulations and has worked deliberately to provide education and training to all service members. 

This effort, led by Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford R. Stanley, was designed to ensure the smoothest possible transition for the U.S. military to implement this important change. Today, as a result of strong leadership and proactive education throughout the force, officials are taking the next step in the process.

In a briefing earlier today, Dr. Stanley said, “The President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified and they are satisfied with the advice of the service secretaries, the chiefs and the combatant commanders that the services are ready to implement the implementation of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention in the armed forces.”

Maj. Gen. Steven Hummer, Chief of Staff of the Repeal Implementation Team went on to say, “This is a fine example of how the services can come together efficiently and effectively to perform and complete a task.”

Here’s what you need to know: 

– On Sep. 20, the law commonly known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, will be repealed

– (As of July 15) 1.979 million service members, the majority of the force, have been trained, and training will continue throughout the 60 day period through repeal

“With this certification, and in accordance with the law, on September 20, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will be repealed.  We will have taken the time necessary to get this done right and to ensure that service members are properly trained for a change that I believe is essential to the effectiveness of our all-volunteer force.” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a statement.

It remains the policy of the Department of Defense not to ask service members or applicants about their sexual orientation, to treat all members with dignity and respect, and to ensure maintenance of good order and discipline. 

The United States Military is committed to promoting an environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers that prevent service members from rising to the highest level responsibility and professionalism in which they are capable.

 

Read More:

The President certifies that the military is ready for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal.  Click here for the story.

To read Secretary Panetta’s statement click here.
To read Adm. Mike Mullen’s statement click here.

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