Servicemembers United: An ‘unusually high’ 261 discharges under DADT in FY 2010

Via press release from Alex and Jarrod at Servicemembers United:

Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, announced today that it has obtained documents showing that the total official number of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) discharges for Fiscal Year 2010 was 261. The annual fiscal year DADT discharge statistic combines the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Defense, which was 250, with the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Homeland Security for the Coast Guard, which was 11.

“While this latest official discharge number represents an all-time annual low, it is still unusually high considering that the Secretary of Defense issued a directive half-way through the fiscal year to make it much harder for military units to discharge troops under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United. “Despite this law clearly being on its deathbed at the time, 261 more careers were terminated and 261 more lives were abruptly turned upside down because of this policy.”

Lives turned upside down for no reason.


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