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Pentagon Reveals Plan For DADT Repeal

SalutingSoldiers A memo put out by the Pentagon today provides insight into how the armed services plans to officially and credibly implement Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal.

The Washington Blade reports that military services secretaries have until the first of March to offer progress updates to Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness Clifford Stanley, who will then work with them through a process that has four clearly delineated stages: pre-repeal, certification, implementation and sustainment.


In the pre-repeal phase, activities include Tier 1 and Tier 2 level training of military leadership and reporting to Obama administration officials on the progress of implementation. For example, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness must have a monthly meeting and report to the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the status of repeal.

To reach the certification phase, the Repeal Implementation Team must provide appropriate documentation to the defense secretary and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and provide their recommendation to the president.
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Notably, the plan states the previously mentioned idea that Tier 3 training, education of the total force, can be completed after the certification for repeal is issued.

For the implementation phase, Tier 3 training will be completed and the Repeal Implementation Team will provide progress reports every two months to Pentagon leaders.

The sustainment phase involves making policy changes as needed and refining the education and training process.

After implementation has been "certified," it will take another 60 days until DADT has officially been repealed, so this is but the beginning of what the Pentagon admits is a complicated process.

Here's a copy of the Pentagon's Report for your reading pleasure.

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  1. hopefully the courts will hurry up and ban this discrimination... that way it's settled and immediately implemented.

    Posted by: me | Feb 11, 2011 3:15:22 PM


  2. Here is how you implement it - One Memo to all personnel of all Branches:
    "From this date forward NO ONE IS TO DISCHARGED FOR BEING GLBT"! "The only legal reason for discharging anyone due to their being GLBT is by virtue of the commission of a Criminal Act, and through the auspices of a Court martial under the terms and conditions as outlined in the UCMJ"! Period case closed! that's how you implement the Repeal of DADT!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Feb 11, 2011 3:20:59 PM


  3. Here is how you implement it - One Memo to all personnel of all Branches:
    "From this date forward NO ONE IS TO BE DISCHARGED FOR BEING GLBT"! "The only legal reason for discharging anyone due to their being GLBT is by virtue of the commission of a Criminal Act, and through the auspices of a Court martial under the terms and conditions as outlined in the UCMJ"! Period case closed! that's how you implement the Repeal of DADT!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Feb 11, 2011 3:22:01 PM


  4. whaaaaat???

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 11, 2011 3:37:45 PM


  5. BRAVO, Alex!

    And, with respect, Mr. Belonsky, the proper verb is "what the Pentagon CLAIMS is a complicated process."

    When Clinton ordered "Don't ASK" in 1993, military recruiters didn't lock up and go home until new forms were written, printed, and shipped to them. They simply took pens and marked out the question about homosexuality and kept doing their jobs.

    Last March, when Gates announced changes to DADT implementation, he said they took effect IMMEDIATELY, gave the forces only 30 days to update their paperwork, and required NO "training."

    The director of the Palm Center says they could end the ban TODAY "if there was the political will" [READ: if Obama's balls weren't in the pockets of Pentagon bigots wanting to delay this as long as possible].

    Palm released a study in December documenting:

    “Any claim that [implementation cannot happen] until after the completion of exhaustive training is inconsistent with DoD history and not based on military necessity. Whatever preparations are ultimately deemed necessary, the Pentagon ought to be able to pull them off faster than it did the implementation of DADT in 1994, which took approximately 40 days. Case studies demonstrate that training can take place quickly, even in combat zones, and that policies are generally implemented BEFORE OR CONCURRENT WITH training. The Pentagon’s request for up to a year to train the troops prior to the repeal of DADT is unprecedented. Training is not a prerequisite...to claim otherwise is a vote of no confidence in members of the armed forces, is not supported empirically, and is suspiciously dilatory. Training, like the formal publication of instructions, can occur (and has occurred) ex post facto.”

    Perhaps if they were saying, "We will stop killing baby seals following a strict three tier process that will take months after which there will still be a sixty day period before we can really stop killing them" you'd actually give a damn instead of simply reposting Pentagon press releases.

    Posted by: Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com | Feb 11, 2011 4:04:19 PM


  6. Oh my gosh - so much more complexity than is truly needed here. Why are these straight people so uptight? Wow. It sounds like these straight people are seriously afraid of gays and lesbians. I had thought that we have brave people in the military. Maybe not.

    Posted by: Ty | Feb 12, 2011 1:15:20 AM


  7. Why not a simple instruction that from this day forward all disciplinary matters relating to sexual misconduct under Forces rules will apply equally to all service personnel regardless of orientation or gender.

    Posted by: Den | Feb 12, 2011 9:10:29 AM


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