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'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Dies at Midnight

Pentagon says it's prepared
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011 1:34 PM CDT
'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Law Ends at Midnight Tonight
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Activists listen during a rally on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network held the rally to call on the Senate to pass the National Defense Authorization Bill that includes the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' which...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – After 18 years, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is finally headed for the scrap heap. At 12:01am tomorrow morning, the military will be legally allowed to sift through an outstanding pile of applications from openly gay recruits, the AP reports. "No one should be left with the impression that we are unprepared," says a spokesman for the Pentagon, which has trained 97% of the military on the new law. Gay rights groups are also ready—to celebrate. Repeal supporters plan to hold "Repeal Day" celebrations nationwide tomorrow. (Read more Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal stories.)

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