All of the branches of the military have been instructed by President Obama to have DADT completely repealed and in practice before 2012. And many branches have started taking the proper steps to make that happen. This mostly means putting all of their leaders and troops through a training that addresses the repeal.
I already reported that the Navy had set a June 30 deadline for having completed the implementation of the DADT repeal. It looks like more details have come out about how they plan to make that happen.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has the details:
Sailors can look forward to a 90-minute to two-hour training session on the gay-ban repeal, according to materials shared by Navy officials.
One spokesman said the goal is not to change anyone’s opinion about homosexuality, and they don’t want training sessions to turn into a discussions of personal beliefs.
First, sailors will see a 24-minute narrated slide show that tells them what has and hasn’t changed.
For example, people discharged for being gay can now seek re-enlistment. But military chaplains will still be able to preach about their religious beliefs, even if they oppose homosexuality.
Then the training launches into what the Navy calls “vignettes,” a series of 14 real-life scenarios that try to guide sailors on how to react in the new environment.
The scenarios delve into public displays of affection, gay-pride parades, locker room harassment, whether it’s acceptable to frequent gay bars and objections to rooming with straights or gays.
An example: A sailor dressed in civilian clothes is marching in a gay-rights parade. She is holding a sign that says “support gays and lesbians in the military.” Is that sailor breaking the rules?
The Navy’s answer, according to a handout, is a qualified no.
Just like marching in a political rally, a military person is not allowed to do so during work hours or in uniform. Dressed as a civilian and on her own time, despite the sign, a gay-rights parade would be “within the sailor’s right of expression and consistent with good order and discipline.”
Another example: In a locker room, two sailors are making loud derogatory jokes about not wanting to shower in front of a gay sailor. What does a leader do?
The Navy’s answer is that a leader should inform the two sailors that discrimination and harassment aren’t appropriate.
However, if someone requests the ability to avoid showering with another person, commanders will “have the discretion to grant personal requests within unit policies if the mission is not unacceptably impacted,” according to the material.
The training sessions will probably be given by a unit’s commanding officer or No. 2 officer, or another senior leader who has received an additional two-hour training on the Navy’s policies, a spokesman said.