2Center for American Progress | ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Moves Forward
implemenaion sared wih he launch o a rigorous raining program ha will reachall o our naion’s 2.2 million roops o ensure a smooh ransiion o open service. Tisraining shows exacly wha miliary expers have prediced or years: Repealing hemiliary’s ban will be a nonissue or he overwhelming majoriy o people serving in heU.S. armed orces.Below we will review how implemenaion has proceeded hus ar, as well as someremaining issues acing he Penagon relaing o open service.
Early implementation steps
All branches o he miliary are implemening he rs seps o repealing he miliary’sban on gay and lesbian roops. Tese seps include updaing he Penagon’s policy manu-als, direcives, and raining maerials so ha a single sandard o conduc will apply o allmiliary personnel wheher hey are sraigh or gay. Implemenaion also requires upda-ing regulaions dealing wih benes, housing, and conduc o reec open service o gay and lesbian roops. Tese implemenaion seps are well underway.Perhaps he mos imporan componen o implemenaion involves developing a rain-ing regimen o inorm all service members abou wha open service will mean onceObama, Gaes, and Mullen ofcially ceriy repeal. Te Deparmen o Deense gaveeach service branch signican exibiliy in deermining how and on wha imeable iconducs is raining. Bu mos branches oulined similar raining plans.For example, each branch broke raining ino hree iers. ier 1 includes raining hoseserving wih special skills, including lawyers, chaplains, judge advocaes, personnelspecialiss, and benes counselors. ier 2 includes raining miliary leaders, such ascommanders, senior noncommissioned ofcers, and civilian supervisors. ier 3 includesraining he remaining orces a large.In erms o conen, mos i no all branches developed raining maerials ha includePowerPoin presenaions, ace-o-ace insrucion, and shor “vignetes,” which involvespecic scenarios and siuaions. One vignete asks: “A Sailor requess emergency leaveaer receiving a Red Cross message concerning he crucial condiion o his same-sex parner. … is he same-sex parner eligible or Emergency Leave?” Te answer is yes, by he way.All o hebrieng maerialsalso assure soldiers ha hey will no be discharged oropposing repeal o “Don’ Ask, Don’ ell.” Te maerials sress ha raining is nomean o change roops’ individual belies abou gays and lesbians. Insead, raininginends o ensure proessional respec or all colleagues, gay or sraigh.