There was a recent exchange of letters between Sen. Levin and Sec. Def. Gates about the study the military is doing about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. In it Sec. Gates confirmed that the military was looking at how best to implement the policy on the assumption that the rule would be changed. He also asked Congress to wait until the study was completed so any action they took would be based on the advice of the services. A number of Milbloggers agree with this and are releasing the following joint statement.
JOINT STATEMENT FROM
MILITARY BLOGGERS 12
We consider the US military the
greatest institution for good that has ever existed. No other organization has
freed more people from oppression, done more humanitarian work or rescued more
from natural disasters. We want that to
Today, it appears inevitable to
us that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and law restricting those displaying open homosexual
behavior from serving will be changed.
And yet, very little will actually change. Homosexuals have always served in the US
Military, and there have been no real problems caused by that.
The service chiefs are currently
studying the impact and consequences of changing the DADT policy, and how to
implement it without compromising the morale, order and discipline necessary
for the military to function. The study is due to be completed on Dec. 1st. We
ask Congress to withhold action until this is finished, but no longer. We urge Congress to listen to the service
chiefs and act in accordance with the recommendations of that study.
The US Military is professional
and ready to adapt to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell without compromising
its mission. Echoing Sec. Def. Gates and
ADM Mullen, we welcome open and honorable service, regardless of sexual
Matt Burden- Warrior Legacy
Foundation & BLACKFIVE
Jim Hanson- Warrior Legacy
Foundation & BLACKFIVE
Blake Powers- BLACKFIVE
Fred Schoenman- BLACKFIVE
David Bellavia- House
Bruce McQuain- Q&O
JD Johannes- Outside
Diane Frances McInnis Miller- Boston Maggie
Mark Seavey- This
Michael St. Jacques- The
Mary Ripley- US Naval
John Donovan- Castle
Andrew J. Lubin- The
Marc Danziger- Winds
Greta Perry- Hooah Wife
I still stand by the quote from a piece I wrote on this topic almost 5 years ago.