Half Military Now Trained on DADT Repeal

And it's going quietly

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 7, 2011 8:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than a million troops have now been trained on the law allowing gays to serve openly and military officials say that with around half the force now trained, the turmoil some had predicted is nowhere to be seen. "So far this seems to be a non-event," the Army's vice chief of staff says. He warned, however, that "this is not going to happen without incident—I'd be crazy to say that. Somewhere along the line something is going to occur. But we're doing everything we can to head that off in training."

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on his recent farewell visit to Afghanistan, told a Marine sergeant that troops who disagreed with the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy would be required to complete their enlistment " just like everybody else," reports Reuters. Service members disagree on religion, politics, and a lot of other things, he said. "But you still serve together. And you work together. And you look out for each other. And that's all that matters." Since President Obama signed repeal into law last December, the only person discharged under the policy was an airman discharged at his own request in April.

United States Marine Sgt. Jay Milinichik asks a question during a training session to familiarize Marines with the military's new position on gay and lesbian service members.
United States Marine Sgt. Jay Milinichik asks a question during a training session to familiarize Marines with the military's new position on gay and lesbian service members.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
United States Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Lynch listens to a training session to familiarize Marines with the military's new position on gay and lesbian service members.
United States Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Lynch listens to a training session to familiarize Marines with the military's new position on gay and lesbian service members.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
United States Marines attend a training session to familiarize them with the military's new position regarding gay and lesbian service members and the repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy.
United States Marines attend a training session to familiarize them with the military's new position regarding gay and lesbian service members and the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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