Top Service Generals Challenge DADT Repeal

Army, Marines, Air Force leaders warn of 'disruption' among troops
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
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Posted Dec 3, 2010 11:12 AM CST
Military leaders testify on Capitol Hill Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, before the Senate Armed Service Committee's hearing on the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Top generals of the Army, Marines, and Air Force testified today that a quick repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell could cause “stress” and “disruption”—despite a Pentagon study that found a repeal posed little risk, the Hill reports. “Assimilating” openly gay troops could shake up the “tightly woven fabric of our combat units” and distract leaders, said Marine commandant Gen. James Amos.

Army boss Gen. George Casey said the risk associated with repeal would be moderate, but doing it now would “add another level of stress to any already stretched force.” He said it would be tougher for the Army than the study suggested. Gen. Norton Schwartz of the Air Force called fast repeal "risky" said it shouldn't happen until 2012 at the earliest. The testimony will provide ammunition to John McCain and other backers of DADT to delay a vote before the end of the year.

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