U.S. Military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Officially Ends

President Barack Obama signs the certification stating that the statutory requirements for repeal of DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) have been met, in the Oval Office, July 22, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Brian Bond, Deputy Director of Public Liaison; Kathleen Hartnett, Associate Counsel to the President; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; and Vice President Joe Biden. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“Effective today (Tuesday – Sept. 20, 2011), statements about sexual orientation or lawful acts of homosexual conduct will not be considered as a bar to military service or admission to Service academies, ROTC or any other accession program,” that’s the official word from a Memorandum sent out by the Under Secretary of Defense Clifford Stanley.

Additional materials distributed by the Department of Defense regarding repeal of  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

One poll taken after the Congressional repeal of  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” showed support by 67 percent. However, not all agree with the policy change that for the first time allows U.S. military members to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of reprisal.

Here are a series of National Public Radio reports on the repeal and what to expect:

The Stars and Stripes article on repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is generating some online comments some supportive others predict the repeal is “Not going to work out well at all.”

And there’s the magazine OutServe for the Association of Actively Serving LGBT Military Personnel. The “Repeal Issue” for September 2011 features a photo essay of military members “who served in silence” during the 18 years of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

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