Supporters of the repeal of DADT believe that abolishing DADT will serve to strengthen the military by encouraging skilled soldiers back into the force. Supporters of maintaining DADT believe that disrupting military operations during wartime is a threat to national security and military effectiveness.
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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Impacts Military Readiness

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How does "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" affect military readiness?

Supporters of the repeal of DADT believe that abolishing DADT will serve to strengthen the military by encouraging skilled soldiers back into the force.

Supporters of maintaining DADT, including some military officials and public policy leaders as well as senate Republicans, believe that disrupting military operations during wartime by introducing dramatic social change is a threat to national security and military effectiveness.

Defense officials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, have expressed their support for a repeal if the changes are introduced slowly so as not to harm troops morale.

Government attorneys requested that Judge Phillip's limit her ruling for an injunction against DADT to the 19,000 members of the Log Cabin Republicans, which includes current and former military service members.

Judge Phillips' ruling also ordered the government to suspend and discontinue all pending discharge proceedings and investigations, but the Defense Department is still working on how to handle current "Don't Ask Don't Tell" investigation cases under the current circumstances.

Even as gay rights advocates cautioned gays about coming out too quickly before definitive legal actions are solidified.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ONGOING ROLE IN DADT

President Obama clearly stated his opposition to DADT the 2008 presidential campaign. However, the Obama administration is caught between its anti-DADT view, and support for the existing law as still supported by four service chiefs.

President Obama's approach had been to call for the end of DADT by an act of Congress, not by the courts. The House passed legislation repealing the ban on gays serving openly, such legislation must make it through the Senate.

According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the repeal of DADT is inevitable and its progress will be determined by developing a smooth transition for acceptance of gays into the military. Gates ordered a sweeping study of current DADT policy, including a survey of troops and military families. The intention is to devise a strategy for long-term integration policies that will transition the historically anti-gay military into a military where gays serve openly, with tolerance and acceptance, and without morale repercussions that threaten to derail the effectiveness of military service during wartime.



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