01 April 2010

Secretary of Army John McHugh's statement on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; 3 soldiers asked, and told

Today U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh made a statement concerning his comments to reporters yesterday about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell, or DADT, policy and of three soldiers that were asked and told.

"While President Obama has asked Congress to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, it is and remains the law of the land. As I have testified before Congress and Secretary Gates has made clear, the Department of the Defense will continue to apply the law, as we are obligated to do," said McHugh.

But McHugh indicated that "with regard to the three soldiers who shared their views and thoughts with me on Don't Ask Don't Tell, I might better have counseled them that statements about their sexual orientation could not be treated as confidential and could result in their separation under the law. Because of the informal and random manner in which these engagements occurred, I am unable to identify these soldiers and I am not in a position to formally pursue the matter."

The Department of Defense has set up a work group to review the DADT policy. I have previously discussed that here. "The working group is likely to utilize a third party from outside of the department to solicit these views so soldiers can speak candidly and without fear of separation. I urge every soldier to share his or her views and suggestions on this important issue through this channel. This is the appropriate way to do so," McHugh said in a press release.

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