Amos: Marines Will ‘Step Out Smartly’ to Implement Repeal of DADT

Mentioned briefly in the NYT article I linked to earlier this morning on implementation of 'DADT' repeal was an excerpt of a statement by Marine Commandant General James Amos.

Amos The Stars and Stripes blog has posted his full statement, sent out on Sunday evening, in which the Commandant, who prior to the Senate vote warned of Marines losing legs in battle over the "distraction" of open gays serving beside them, promises to faithfully carry out repeal.

Amos' statement:

"Fidelity is the essence of the United States Marine Corps. Above all else, we are loyal to the Constitution, our Commander in Chief, Congress, our Chain of Command, and the American people. The House of Representatives and the Senate have voted to repeal Title 10, US Code 654 'Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the United States Armed Forces.' As stated during my testimony before Congress in September and again during hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month, the Marine Corps will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new policy. I, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, will personally lead this effort, thus ensuring the respect and dignity due all Marines. On this matter, we look forward to further demonstrating to the American people the discipline and loyalty that have been the hallmark of the United States Marine Corps for over 235 years."


  1. Joe says

    I really don’t trust this guy, and I feel really insecure about how they are going to implement the repeal.

    I hope they follow the suggestions from the report closely. But, I’ll be disappointed if there is language missing in the anti-discrimination clause.

  2. Rob says

    I’d expect nothing more and nothing less from the Marine Corps. Let’s just hope their implementation meets the repeal expectations AND in a timely manner for all current and future gay, lesbian and bisexual Marines.

  3. says

    There is a Jason Knight who was discharged from the Navy TWICE for being gay, and is one of three plaintiffs in the lawsuit recently filed by SLDN. So if the comment was by him, I’m confidant he knows what Marines are SUPPOSED to do, thank you, and Amos has already made enough outrageous, even hysterical homophobic comments that he should be fired…or ORDERED to apologize to gay Marine Eric Alva who lost his leg in Iraq, and symbolically to every honorable gay or lesbian Marine who has ever served or still does.

  4. Jay says

    This is how it’s done folks. Sure, Gen Amos voiced his opinion when asked for it by Congress. However, the decision has now been made, DADT is gone, and he will execute/implement repeal with the full professionalism and integrity that his oath demands. 1LT Dan Choi…please take note.

  5. Jason Knight says

    @ naughtylola I don’t discount that at all. I just find it funny that it comes right after his commander tells him to apologize or resign.

    President Obama:
    It is offensive, outrageous and false for General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to claim that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal would lead to soldiers dying and losing their limbs. General Amos needs to either apologize or resign immediately.

  6. Ricco says

    I can’t believe this guy was not taken to task for speaking out as he did last week, speaking out of turn directly contradicting President Obama, and has not been asked to resign. I have to wonder why this man was even given this commission in the first place.

    The marines is one of the most unprofessional fighting forces in the world . . . obviously, since they reflect the unprofessional leadership of Amos.

    I suppose Obama, after all his nonsense, will think that he deserves full props now that DADT has been repealed, and while I am very, very happy that DADT has been repealed, Obama is far from being the fierce advocate he said he would be.

    I really wonder what Obama’s idea of fierceness is. My idea would be that after the last Marine Commandant, he would not have appointed someone like this general to usher in the new era of post-DADT.

    I am certain there are likely to be growing pangs from the repeal. We are, after all, dealing with little boys in the bodies of men, and gays are likely going to be made to suffer under this general as the homophobes under his command, encouraged by his example, push back against change.

    Thank you, Obama, for your great leadership.


  7. StillMarriedinCalifornia says

    Gee, how serious are his underlings going to take his warm and fuzzy orders to be nice (wink wink) to the gayz when they know his true feelings are that HOMOseckshuls will cause you to lose life and limb?? Can anyone doubt that he may publicly act as if he is on board but privately will be smearing and defaming us at every turn?
    He should be replaced.

  8. Ricco says

    It is surprising that people actually think that this unprofessional idiot, after showing his Ar*e will now suddenly become professional.

    He was way out of line in how he spoke out, very unprofessional. He will not suddenly become professional and “smartly” implement DADT, just because he is a marine.

    If he, and other marines were half as principled as they proclaim, from the beginning DADT is something they would have found unacceptable, the idea of any marine among them living a lie, pretending to be something they were not.

    Frank Herbert, in his classic science fiction novels, the Dune series. had an all female army, because according to the mythology, men made up for an inefficient military as they were consumed with homophobia, and not able to fully focus.

    Herbert showed amazing insight into problem with our fighting forces. So, it is difficult for me to think that General Amos is capable of ding anything efficiently or smartly where DADT is concerned.

  9. X says

    Confidence and trust in him as a leader will depend on how professionally, efficiently, and completely he gets this done. Frankly, coming up with a million special particular rules for gays is not the answer, and I hope he realizes that.

  10. WWNYC says

    I’m really pissed about Gen. Amos and Sen. McCain’s statements that repealing DADT would lead to Marines losing their limbs. Will someone in the mainstream media please interview former Staff Sgt. Eric Alva about what he thinks of these remarks? He was the first U.S. Marine to be injured in Iraq; he’s openly gay, and lost his right leg to a landmine. It’s sad to think that so-called leaders who are this homophobic and ignorant have any say involving our brave men and women in the military.

  11. Joey Y says

    He may or may not like the policy, but he understands his place in the grand scheme of things. That’s exactly what everyone means by strong leadership, and without a doubt, that statement was as clear as if he was giving the orders directly to his troops.

  12. Tony X says

    In my personal experience Marine’s always have “stepped out smartly” when they got into their man on man action.

    As part of their code – Marines have long been known to get down with each other instead of local ladies.

    DADT put a crimp on that ….. the new era of hotel romps should be quite fun.

    And yes — there will be fights for top.

  13. major707 says

    A military leader has the responsibility to express his professional opinion to his superiors but once the decision is made his is ready to carry it out to the best of his ability no matter if his counsel was not accepted.
    We will see what kind of a leader this general really is. Most marine officers I served with took great pride in being the best and they can be the best at making this policy work. It will be interesting to see how the service does this and how long it takes.
    And the jabs at Lt Dan Choi are uncalled for. Least we forget that he was discharged and was/is a civilian and has the right to protest his government just as the rest of us do. Thanks to him his activism kept the spotlight on our “fierce advocate” and his promises to rid us of this discrimination.

  14. ratbastard says

    Some of you folks are funny. Imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning and the armed forces decided they were no longer going to obey civilian authority? What if there was a military coup? After all, they’re the ones with the training and firepower. No offense, but I think most posting on here would just end up hurting themselves attempting to fire off a couple of bursts on an M16.

    Something to contemplate. It’s happened elsewhere, no reason why it couldn’t happen here in the U.S. Of course, many Americans [unlike most other 1st world nations] are armed and know how to use firearms. The first thing totalitarian governments do is disarm the civilian population.

  15. Skooter McGoo says

    I don’t trust someone that says, “soldiers will loose legs” one and then claim he will lead his division with implementation. When it smells like a skunk, it looks like a skunk, then don’t try and make me believe it’s a rabbit. I’m not buying it.

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