Monday, March 28, 2011

DADT Repeal Implementation Update

The Department of Defense (DOD) and military services have been conducting training for a little over a month on implementation of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.  Each military service is writing its own training slides with a focus four principles: leadership, professionalism, discipline and respect. 

The Army plans to complete training for 565,000 active duty soldiers by July and 567,000 Guard and Reserve by August.  The Navy will complete training by the end of June, Marine Corps by May 31, and Air Force by summer. Depending on the length of time it takes to accomplish certification, which includes a 60-day Congressional review period, training could potentially continue beyond the established time frames. The Coast Guard is also receiving training, but little information is available. One blog post suggested that this is a non-issue for the USCG.

The training itself is designed for three groups, including (1) the experts, such as chaplains, recruiters, lawyers, human resources,  and so on; (2) commanders, leaders in DOD, military and civilian; and (3) the force at large.

Beginning March 1, Secretary Gates receives regular progress reports every two weeks from each of the services.

According to the “Support Plan for Implementation: Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” report (available below) there is one special consideration, to Chaplains, who "may not be required to engage in practices contrary to their religious beliefs."

The new policy will be enforced under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It remains unclear if there will be some type of tracking on anti-gay incidents.

Furthermore, it remains blurred as to what may happen to conscientious objectors to DADT repeal. For example, according to the Navy slides (available below) and a Washington Post article, “Consistent with the new policy, the slides also remind sailors they may not be discharged early for opposing the repeal of ‘don't ask, don't tell.’ Early discharges will be granted ‘when in the best interest of the Navy.’”

Gay and lesbian service members will not be granted any more benefits than a fiancĂ© would be given. According to a article, “Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan said the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) remains on the books and the military will continue to follow it after repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is fully implemented.”

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel will hold a hearing Friday, April 1 on the repeal.

Some of the informational items that DOD and the services are dispensing including training slides are provided below:

Repeal of DADT pamphlet
USN Slides, FAQs and Vignettes
USAF Slides
USA Slides
USMC Video Message
Support Plan for Implementation: Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (short) (long)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the summary and putting all the info in one place.

-a usaf chaplain

Local Leader said...

Intresting take on DADT from Allen West