Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Secretary Gates implements changes to DADT enforcement

Andrew Gonyea
Communications Assistant

Last week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates moved to implement changes to the military's enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The changes come after Gates requested a Department of Defense review of DADT enforcement Feb. 2, with the goal of "[enforcing] the law in a fairer and more appropriate manner" in a way which remains "within the confines of the existing law."

The review, which was conducted with input from all the Military Services and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, resulted in revisions to two regulations which form DADT: DoD Instruction 1332.14 ("Enlisted Administrative Separations") and 1332.30 ("Separation of Regular and Reserve Commissioned Officers"). Click here to view the revisions

Moving forward, DADT enforcement will be different in several ways:
  • Only a general or flag officer in the servicemember's chain of command may initiate a fact-finding inquiry or separate the servicemember for homosexual conduct.
  • Only O-5s or above may conduct fact-finding inquiries into homosexual conduct.
  • Information provided by third parties concerning others' homosexual conduct should be given under oath and not based on overheard statements and hearsay.
  • Inquiries may not be initiated based on information given from someone who may be motivated to harm the servicemember in question.
  • Evidence for discharge may not be gathered from lawyers, clergy, psychotherapists, other medical professionals, or from security clearance investigations, in accordance with existing DoD policies.
Said Gates on the changes, “I believe these changes represent an important improvement in the way the current law is put into practice, above all by providing a greater measure of common sense and common decency.”

ROA's interest in the current law regarding gays in the military is only in the context of how such service will or won't affect morale, readiness, and national security. We want to hear from the people in the field who best know what the effects or non-effects on morale and readiness might be resulting from any changes to the current law or how it is implemented. Those people are the younger NCOs and Officers in command positions. A rush to judgment today makes no sense until all the possible effects of any change are studied. Once such information is available, ROA may elect to form an official opinion on any changes to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


Anonymous said...

I am a veteran of two wars and now retired so I'll not be affected by any changes in Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. But, I must say I would be very uncomfortable having to live and serve with someone I knew was gay.............

Anonymous said...

Aside many legitimate moral arguments are the practicalities of implementing an acceptance policy. For example, we already have separate billeting and latrine services for males/females. How do you practically implement separate facilities in deployed locations for gay and transgender military members so as to protect their and other members privacy? Also since we are reserving judgments about peoples sexual orientation why do we not reserve judgment about other sexual choices - children, multiple marriages, adultery, pologamy and bestiality to name a few. If we protect this orientation then aren't we judging others who practice these other choices? This is a slippery slope beyond moral judgment, but rather has very serious practical applications in our services.

Anonymous said...

It is a disgrace that the leaders of our military and country has stooped so low that they have turned their backs on the word of God. Homosexuality is an abomination according to the word of God and no leader from the President on down is going to change that. It's time that someone have the backbone to stand up and support God's word. Homosexuals should not be allow to serve in the military nor be given any special preference.