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
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)

(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.

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zdaydream
Jun 7, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
I'm glad the military establishment is finally becoming as respectful to fellow fighters as the fighters are themselves. We've known for ever that there were gays around/among us. We worked with gays and protected each other for decades. We are American fighting men/women. Nothing has ever been shown to me that says that straight or gay fighters were more efficient or patriotic. I'm glad we're growing up. <:-)
billcrawford
Jun 7, 2011 9:27 AM CDT
"More than a million troops have now been trained on the law allowing gays to serve openly and military" Extremely bad idea, look at the other armies that have instituted this, such as Holland, you can't count on an army that has predators within its ranks, might as well put in a union also.
JoinDiaspora
Jun 7, 2011 9:04 AM CDT
SecDef Gates has done an excellent job implementing repeal. FYI – http://OutMilitary.com is providing a supportive environment for friending, sharing and networking between Gay active military, vets and supporters.