Despite plans to move forward, Post DADT details will most likely continue to be debated for years - both legal and policy issues - by all military services.
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Preparing the Present for the Future: Post DADT Military

In the military, change can be a methodical, step-by-step, and sometimes lengthy process.

The military issue that will be at the forefront of military news for years to come is one that marks the most dramatic change in military policy: accepting gays in the military without discrimination or fear of reprisal for sexual orientation.

Integrating new Post DADT military policy takes time. To begin the changeover, the Pentagon embarked on a military training program designed to educate military personnel about Post DADT policies, in order that they may be fully prepared to welcome gays into the military for the first time in American military history.

Preparations for the soldiers may prove to be the most challenging, and the most important, Post DADT training.


Pentagon officials noted three proposed levels of Post DADT adjustment training to separately address troops, commanders and administrators, as well as training for military recruiters and other leaders at the front lines of implementing Post DADT policy changes.

According to Pentagon officials, the training in three categories addresses separate issues:

  • Administrators will be trained on the policy details
  • Senior commanders will be given instructions for policyenforcement and tracking problems between service members

  • Third tier training for the troop readiness
Training the troops can be the most difficult training to co-ordinate, as troops often serve in disparate locations, are in various phases of deployment to war, or are heading home. The Navy has solved this obstacle by training sailors in remote locations through electronic or web based training programs.

Once trainings are complete, the president and top military advisers ascertain whether lifting DADT will harm military effectiveness. Within sixty days after military certification, Post DADT laws and policies take effect.


Despite plans to move forward, Post DADT details will most likely continue to be debated for years - both legal and policy issues - by all military services. For example, how will military health and housing benefits be shared between same sex partners?

The Post DADT military continues to be part of a solid commitment by the U.S. government to improve military support not only for gay service members, but for all those who continue to serve their country proudly in the U.S military.


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