UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
4000 DEFENSE PENTAGONWASHINGTON, D.C. 20301-4000
SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTSSUBJECT: Injunction Regarding
Tell"On July 6, 2011, a federal appellate court reinstated the injunction, originally issued onOctober
,ordering the Department
Defense to cease enforcement
Ask,Don't Tell" law (10
§ 654) and implementing regulations.The reinstatement
thatinjunction (a copy
which accompanies this memorandum) is effective immediately. TheSecretaries
the Military Departments shall ensure immediate compliance with the injunctionand this memorandum. The appeal from the injunction remains pending.
remains the policy
Defense not to ask Service members orapplicants about their sexual orientation, to treat all members with dignity and respect,and toensure maintenance
good order and discipline. Further, because the injunction is once again ineffect, the Department will process applications for enlistment or appointment without regard tosexual orientation.Further guidance will beforthcomingas developments warrant.
the Joint Chiefs
Staff General Counsel