The Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is officially on its way out as new training classes begin to instruct military members on the new and official position taken to address gays and lesbians in the military. According to the DoD training has begun for the "tier 1" training group, namely officers, judge advocates, and chaplains. The class, about one hour long, highlights the new policy for gays in the military and how to handle questions which may be posed.
The concerns and the decisions regarding them can be found in an official DoD report. Some of the questions include
Does a straight Marine have to live with a gay Marine? Can a Marine with a same-sex partner receive housing allowance? Will being openly gay affect recruitment, assignments or promotion
All these questions and more are to be answered for every single military member ideally before the summer's end.
Stars and Stripes reports that the Pentagon hopes to have enough of the training completed to reach that projected date. However until that happens President Obama wants DADT to remain in place
. Once the Pentagon gives the go-ahead congress can begin the 60 day period which is the final countdown to full repeal.
Transitioning from DADT to full acceptance of gays and lesbians in the military has begun with plans set in place to deal with roadblocks on the way. Some of those roadblocks are concerns raised by military members. Each of these projected concerns needed to be fully addressed and placed in an official policy before DADT can be completely repealed.
The new policy orders that sexual orientation is a private and personal matter that will not be used to discharge anyone or deny anyone enlistment or job opportunities in the military. Members of the military who find homosexuality against their religion will not be penalized for their opinion, however they are expected to maintain respect, cordiality, and good will towards all services members regardless of orientation.
Homosexual partners will not have access to any dependent benefits given to military members, and gay/lesbian couples will not be allowed BAH ( Basic Allowance for Housing) based on the dependency of a partner. The Defense of Marriage Act
prohibits same sex partners from obtaining legal verification of marriage that would be applicable on a federal level. Therefore, same sex partners will be faced with similar challenges that civilian homosexual partners face.
Cohabitation of heterosexual and homosexuals of the same sex in the same building are to be maintained. No separate showers or bathrooms will be built to single out any homosexual. Complaints about lewd sexual behavior in these situations will be taken on a case by case basis.
The basic theme behind the classes about the repeal of DADT are centered on respect and professionalism.
That respect and professionalism was examplified in the recent decision to retain the employment of a military member who was to be chaptered out of the military due to being caught as a homosexual in 2009. The unanimous decision kept him in and fulfilled the lost sense of American justice in our modern day and demonstrated the respect military members hold for professionalism and personal dignity.
The concerns and the decisions regarding them can be found in an official DoD report.