I’m not sure this is the smartest thing – from AP:
A Pentagon spokesman, Col. David Lapan, said no written guidance had been issued to commanders on how to deal with the court order.
The policy was lifted yesterday, and DOD is not permitted to process any discharges. How do you not give guidance?
Also, I love this quote:
The uncertainty extended overseas. When asked by a reporter whether the ruling had had any impact yet, a two-star U.S. Army commander in eastern Afghanistan suggested he was unsure anything would change and said it was unlikely that his soldiers even knew about the court order.
“If that law is changed, they’ll abide by the law,” but “that’s probably the farthest thing from their mind” as they fight, said Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commander of the 101st Airborne Division. [emphasis added]
Exactly. Not quite the “enormous consequences” that Secretary Gates would have us believe.