Earlier today, Pentagon officials released the findings of a review of the policy commonly known as “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” (DADT). The report, produced by the Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group, examines the implications of a possible repeal of DoD’s policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces.
According to the report, based on all we saw and heard, our assessment is that, when coupled with the prompt implementation of the recommendations we offer, the risk of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to overall military effectiveness is low.
“In the days and weeks ahead, I encourage you to read the report and support plan, which are available at www.defense.gov and keep abreast of the latest developments,” said Vice Admiral Sally Brice O’Hara, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard in a message to members of the Coast Guard. “We will work to keep you informed as significant decisions occur.”
It is important to note that the release of this report does not constitute a change in policy. DADT is still the law of the land. In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to repeal DADT.
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