Don T Ask Dont Tell

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Request to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” United States Navy Legal Command WRTG 390 Submitted: 6 December 2010 Table of Contents Purpose Purpose 3 Summary Summary 3 Introduction Introduction 3 Solutions Solutions 4 Research Research 4 Conclusion Conclusion 6 Recommendations Recommendations 7 References References 8 U.S Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp 1322 Patterson…show more content…
Summary Sir, currently in Iraq and Afghanistan this very moment, a Solider, Airman, Sailor or Marine is on a patrol. They are watching their back; their buddy’s back, fighting for America. Some of these men and woman are gay. The enemy doesn’t really care if they are gay or not. They are a target, and a symbol of the war on terror. To the enemy, all they want is the American dead. The United States Military on the other hand does care. If you are gay in the Military you better hide it. Introduction The United States Military adopted the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," policy in 1993, this policy states personnel may be discharged for homosexual conduct but not simply for being gay. Therefore, military commanders do not ask military personnel about their sexual orientations or begin an investigation except upon the receipt of "credible information" of homosexual conduct. If a person acknowledges his or her homosexuality publicly, military commanders presume that he or she intends to engage in homosexual conduct. The policy was a compromise between President Bill Clinton, who sought to repeal the military's ban on gay personnel, and the opponents of that repeal in Congress and among the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Professor Charles Moskos of Northwestern University developed the policy's framework, and Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia brokered the compromise (Frank). On-going debates in the United States court systems have started playing out, with the most recent ruling by Federal Judge Virginia Phillips ordering the military to "Immediately suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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