San Diego Marines, U.S. Military Prepare to Lift DADTBreaking News, Online Only Friday, April 29th, 2011
At military bases across the nation, servicemen are undergoing special training to prepare for the final end to the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against gay and lesbian individuals serving openly in the military.
From Washington D.C. to San Diego’s own Camp Pendleton, members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force are being presented with anticipated scenarios for a post-DADT world, such as troops holding hands or kissing off-duty, participating in Gay Pride events or even simply joking around in the locker room. Above all, the government hopes to instill in the nation’s servicemen a tolerance and respect that will transcend preconceived notions and old bias and create an atmosphere of acceptance for gay members of all military branches.
The Marines expect to complete the training process by June 1, after which President Obama, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have mandated a safety review and sixty-day waiting period before putting last year’s end to the DADT policy into full effect.
Officials for the different branches of the U.S. military are aware that individual beliefs may influence troops’ reaction to the new policy; however, the a briefing for the Marine Corps battalions explain that “The policy is about adherence to orders and behavior, and not about beliefs.”
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