The video below of Defense Secretary Robert Gates addressing the troops on the DADT repeal surfaced last week. Gates tells the soldiers that repealing DADT should mean nothing different for the military and the troops are expected to treat each other with respect, as has always been accepted. (So, why did DADT exist in the first place???)
Also four chiefs of the armed forces testified before Congress that they had not run into any major problems in implementing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This apparently surprised some Republicans.
The Navy has halted the dismisal proceedings for Naval Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones. He was the sailor who fell asleep with another male sailor while watching television and was brought up on charges because the sleepover violated the Navy’s code of conduct. (Both soldiers are said to be straight.) Gay rights activists were afraid that this would become a tactic military brass would begin using to get around the DADT repeal.
Some bad news, however, came out of South Korea last week. The country’s high court recently upheld a military ban on gay behavior.