Thursday, January 27, 2011
Pentagon leaders will roll out a plan Friday to train the military services have about three months to face the new reality: the gays are coming!
The plan, they said, will outline the personnel, recruiting and other regulations that must be changed. It will describe three levels of training for the troops, their commanders and the key administrators, recruiters and other leaders who will have to help implement the changes.
Under that training schedule, full implementation of the law could begin later this summer. Once the training is complete, the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ ability to fight. Sixty days after certification, the law would take effect.
The Pentagon’s viciously homophobic, 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy came to an end after the lame duck session of Congress voted to repealed banning gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military.
Recent reports said enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” cost the American taxpayer at least $200 million and resulted in the discharge of more than 14,000 gay and lesbian servicemembers.