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Pentagon Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

Pentagon Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

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Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

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Published by: Rod McCullom on Nov 30, 2010
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“I do believe that repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an inevitable and important
step for modernizing our current military force, and is fundamentally necessary
for a country built on the ideals of equality for all citizens.

“I firmly believe that, in time, our future generations will look back on our
current debate as antiquated and nonsensical, failing to comprehend how we
could possibly oppose opening our military to any citizen wanting to serve the
nation. I believe this debate is largely motivated by a general misunderstanding
and a reactionary fear, similar to the motives of our previous generations who
opposed or questioned the idea of integrating our armed forces or permitting
women to serve in the diverse roles they currently occupy across our branches
of the service.

“With that said, I have no illusions that this process will be an easy or a quick
one. The military is a community steeped in tradition and order. We take great
pride in our history and culture, and at times this pride often impedes the
speed of progress or willingness to embrace change. In the Marines Corps,
particularly, the opposition to this process will likely be immense, specially
surrounding living quarters and barracks structure for junior enlisted Marines.
I believe that this issue can be addressed and mitigated by the leadership (both
officers and NCOs) starting with every Marine’s first day of training at boot
camp/officer candidate school...

“I think it’s important we emphasize both to our leaders and junior military
members that this policy is intended to build morale among the branches
and equalize our military, not to alter its culture. It’s important to remember
that the military culture is an impartial one that does not offer any special
treatment, advancement or encouragement of any lifestyle choices, and simply
welcomes those who want to serve their nation—without discrimination—but
equally without any endorsement of any personal qualities, traits or choices
made by its members.

“I believe that in the next few decades, as the armed forces adjust to this change
and become more comfortable with its impact, the resistance will recede and
the military will actually be stronger for making this policy change.”307

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