May 22, 2013
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Dead. Now What?
Posted on Sep 19, 2011
Update: Watch this.
A child born on the day “don’t ask, don’t tell” became the military’s official policy would today be old enough to enlist (with parental consent). DADT ends Tuesday, but it remains to be seen how the military’s long-established culture of discrimination will adjust.
The Pentagon has been carrying out sensitivity training, so why worry?
Here’s good news: according to the BBC, “Pending investigations, discharges and other administrative proceedings have now been dropped” and “Those who have been discharged under the don’t ask, don’t tell rule are entitled to re-enlist.”
It’s all so wonderful for gays who always wanted to see Afghanistan on a budget.
Oh, so cynical. It is wonderful news, truly. Discrimination in all its forms is despicable, but as bureaucratic policy it takes on a particularly foul stink. Good riddance to 18 years of witch hunts.
Now let’s get a line going to that recruiter’s office so we can tell them in person “thanks, but no thanks.” —PZS
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