Looks like Obama is already keeping to one of his promises from last night’s State of the Union. Today he announced that he’s given the Pentagon three months to have the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (the military’s ban on gays serving openly) fully implemented. Now, if only he was this on top of it when it came to gay marriage.
Here’s more from The Washington Post:
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said senior defense and military leaders will provide an update Friday on how the Pentagon is proceeding on the implementation of the new law, which ended the Pentagon’s 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and will allow gays to serve openly for the first time in history.
Morrell declined to say more, but officials familiar with the plan described it on condition of anonymity because it has not been finalized or made public.
Details have been scarce as the military has scrambled to pull together the dozens of legal and policy changes that must be made by all the services in order to put the new law into effect.
The changes affect how troops are recruited, trained and discharged, as well as how same sex partners will be treated in terms of various health and other benefits.
Some will be easy to implement. For example, recruits will no longer be turned down because they are gay.
But others involving benefits, housing and the execution of the training program will be more complex.
According to officials, the training will be broken into three categories. One will be for administrators and other leaders who will have to be able to answer detailed questions about the new policy. The second will be for senior commanders who will have to enforce the policies and also be on the lookout for signs of unease or problems among service members.
The third group will be the general training for the troops. That is the one that is expected to be the most difficult to complete because service members are scattered around the world, and many are in various phases of deployment to war or heading home.