DADT Repeal Implementation Issues provided by the MOC
13 May 2010 1
Accessions Will recruiting be negatively affected by repeal?Will affirmative action be required?Retention Will a certain percentage of the force leave rather than serve with GLB servicemembers?UnitCohesion/MoraleWill repeal degrade unit cohesion and morale?Safety of gayMembersWill openly gay servicemembers be at risk for their personal safety?Good Order &DisciplineIs open service incompatible with military good order and discipline?How do we deal with fraternization, sexual relations and public displays of affection?UCMJ Art 125Leader favoritism toward GLB members.Privacy Group Showers.How do we protect the privacy of straight servicemembers?Members right to chose to disclose sexual orientationReligiousProgramsSome Chaplains refusal to provide pastoral care & counseling to all.Some Chaplains’ religious beliefs in conflict with services requested.Some Chaplains’ position that repeal equates to endorsement of homosexualityReinstatement of membersHow will the military handle potential demands for back pay, reinstatement, promotions, andsimilar forms of relief?Correction of records-removing negative marksCareer progression after reinstatement-guidance to selection boardsUpgrade DADTdischargesReenlistment Code on DD214Pay & Benefits Should gay couples who are in state-recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships receivethe same benefits as legally married straight couples, including but not limited to basehousing, medical benefits for dependents, retirement etc?Should legally married gay couples receive the same benefits as legally married straightcouples?Housing allowances with dependentsFamily separation allowanceAdoption expense reimbursementSurvivor benefitsBeneficiaries for unpaid pay and allowancesDependent support payments/garnishmentTime-off Leave or liberty for "non-dependent" family emergenciesHoliday and hardship duty assignment equityRelocationbenefitsMoving expenses (Travel, Temporary Living Expenses, Household goods, POV shipment,and Dislocation allowance) are not provided to “single” members; movement of goods for others at government expense is not currently allowed even if it is within the member’s singleweight allowance.Overseas assignments requiring official passports, on-base living, overseas housingallowance, evacuation, safe haven could place same-sex partners on opposite sides of thefence in time of crisis. Non-dependent partners would be left to fend for themselves liketourist while military members and dependents receive safe haven.Insurance Partners can be named as beneficiaries now, however, could imply same-sex relationship.Dependents Who is a dependent? Can the definition be changed to include same-sex partners,registered domestic partners, same-sex spouses married in States that recognize suchunions?Non-military parent rights for base access to care for children who are dependents.Natural or adopted children of same-sex partners, declaration as dependents and listing legalparents in military records.