SLDN on Pentagon journal calling for end of DADT: “A breakthrough development”

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) thinks the new article in the Pentagon journal advocating for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell gives President Obama “roadmap” for the repeal of that policy. Here’s the SLDN statement:

Based on the September 30th Boston Globe story by Bryan Bender, the call for DADT repeal in the Pentagon’s Joint Force Quarterly is a breakthrough development. The scholarly JFQ article-which was reviewed according to the Globe by the office of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, corroborates what other scientific, professional research has concluded, and what we’ve been saying for almost two decades: Openly gay people in the military will not adversely impact unit cohesion or readiness. What is particularly persuasive is the unequivocal direction given by the report’s author, Colonel Om Prakash: “It is not time for the administration to reexamine the issue; rather it is time for the administration to examine how to implement the repeal of the ban.” Our translation: no more study of the issue is needed; it’s been studied to death. Let’s move out on the specifics of when and how to implement a new policy of nondiscrimination. President Obama and some members of Congress have been calling on the Department of Defense to provide its recommendations on repeal. Well, here’s a roadmap.


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