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.”
– On Sep. 20, the law commonly known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, will be repealed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“With this certification, and in accordance with the law, on September 20, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will be repealed.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.
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.
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