MILITARY OUTREACH COMMITTEEPolicy and Legal Team2 August 2010
Subj: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONBACKGROUNDThe Military Outreach Committee (MOC) formed the Policy and LegalTeam to assist the Department of Defense’s Comprehensive Review WorkingGroup (CRWG) in addressing potential issues previously identified regarding theimplementation of repeal of the law commonly known as “ Don’t Ask, Don’tTell” (DADT).DISCUSSIONIssue: How would equal opportunity and affirmative action programs applyto gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) Servicemembers?Rule: Currently, under DADT there is no equal treatment of GLBservicemembers – discharge is required except in rare circumstances.The Department of Defense (DoD) has an existing Military EqualOpportunity (MEO) Program.
See DOD Directive 1350.2, Department of DefenseMilitary Equal Opportunity (MEO) Program (August 18, 1995).
Secretary of Defense Memorandum “Equal Opportunity (EO)” March3, 1994, Secretary of Defense Memorandum “Prohibitions on Sexual Harassment in the Department of Defense” August 22, 1994,
DOD Human Goals Charter,May 19, 1994
.The DoD Human Goals Charter seeks “[t]o make military service in theDepartment of Defense a model of equal opportunity for all regardless of race,color, sex, religion or national origin; [t]o provide equity in civilian employmentregardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, or sexual