Service Members Discharged in 2009 for Being Gay: 443

Servicemembers United has released a final tally of discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for the 2009 fiscal year:

Dadt  "The annual fiscal year 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' discharge statistic combines the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Defense, which was 428, with the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Homeland Security for the Coast Guard, which was 15. This brings the official 17-year total, according to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, to 13,425 discharges under 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.'"

Discharges, however, are likely underreported, says the group: 

"Although only 443 total discharges are included in the official statistic for fiscal year 2009, the true number of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' discharges is very likely higher. When pressed by Servicemembers United, the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Freedom of Information Office confirmed on three separate occasions in late 2009 and early 2010 that the internal source of their annual 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' discharge numbers is the Defense Manpower Data Center, and that Defense Manpower Data Center statistics do not include discharges from the Reserves or the National Guard….The Department of Defense in general – and the Defense Manpower Data Center specifically – has consistently failed to disclose full information and data related to 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' discharges in blatant violation of the Freedom of Information Act. In response to one request for information by Servicemembers United in mid-2009, the Department of Defense took more than twice the amount of time allowable by law to produce less than one-tenth of one percent of the requested data – data that was not classified and not protected by the Privacy Act. Information requests from members of Congress, including House Armed Services Committee members, have also been only partially filled."


  1. Michael @ says

    ONE is too many!!!!!!!!!

    Whatever the actual numbers there is NO excuse for a SINGLE discharge by the President who spoke 10 months ago of the “URGENCY” of stopping gay discharges because they are not only unjust but “weaken national security” when he has full authority under powers given the Presidency by Congress in 1983 to, regardless of ANY law, stop ANY discharges at any time in the name of national security.

    And yet those discharges continue even as you’re reading this; day after day after day after day.

    The President could stop those discharges today with the proverbial stroke of a pen and he could force Congress to repeal with personal phone calls to only a handful of holdout Members who, to the contrary per reluctant critic Barney Frank, are using his current silence as an excuse not to repeal.

    And, yes, that is true of the six Senators mentioned today in Signorile’s Town Hall. Most of them will NOT support repeal no matter how many times WE contact them. ONLY the President can change their minds. Insist he do that, in his own words—in the name of justice AND national security at:

    WHITE HOUSE TELEPHONE: 202-456-1414


  2. Gridlock says

    Be patient.

    You’re being hysterical.

    These things take time.

    He doesn’t have a magic wand.

    There are too many things on his plate.

    There are more important things.

    He can’t do anything, blame congress.

    Congress can’t do anything, blame the President

    It’s not the right time

    Wait till we have the House

    Wait till we have the Senate

    Wait till we have the Presidency

    Wait till we have supermajorities

    Wait till health care reform is over

    Wait till financial reform is over

    Wait till immigration reform is over

    Wait till the year long study is done

    Wait till after mid terms

    Wait till 2012


  3. Jay Croce says

    Service Members Discharged in 2009 for Being Gay: 443… yet the government still wants to complain about low numbers of people who are patriotic enough to volunteer for service to their country. It’s a good thing most of us fags serve our time in stealth mode, to avoid being discharged. I can’t even imagine how many would be kicked out if we all told the truth. But my guess would be 10 times that number.

    Anyone care to guess how many good Gay men have died in defense of a country that wouldn’t have let them serve openly?

    God Bless America

  4. Norm D PLume says

    To vote for ANY Democrat is to vote against lgbt equality. In the year 2010, anyone who doesn’t get this is a fucking fool.

  5. Gridlock says

    Frankly, the gay servicemen and women need to walk off their bases, ships, and wherever else, march down to DC and start chaining themselves to the white house, laying down in the streets, and bringing that blighted cesspool to a damn standstill.

    How many tens of thousands would there be, I wonder