Army Secretary Won’t Personally Pursue DADT Investigations

Jim Burroway

March 31st, 2010

As we’ve reported, the Defense Department is in the midst of a wide-ranging study on how it would implement the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” One would hope that part of that study would include talking to LGBT servicemembers who are currently serving, but of course that brings up a hitch: hearing from LGBT service menbers would violate the “don’t tell” part of DADT, while seeking them out would presumably violate “don’t ask.” But the New York Times is reporting that this won’t deter Army secretary John M. McHugh. He will simply ignore DADT while taking with active-duty service members:

But Mr. McHugh, who spoke at a breakfast with Pentagon reporters, said it made no sense to pursue discharges of service members as he speaks with them about the change in policy. Mr. Obama, Mr. Gates and Admiral Mullen have all asked commanders to assess opinion within the military about the change in law.

Mr. McHugh said it would be “counterproductive” to “take disciplinary action against someone who spoke with me openly and honestly.” He said the Pentagon was still trying to devise a way to more formally poll large numbers of service members about their views on changing the law.


March 31st, 2010

Who is Mr. McHuge fooling.
Any LGBT person that would talk to him they would try to figure a way to kick them out.
Just repeal this dumb law and get on with life.

Paul in Canada

April 1st, 2010

Hmmmm…. an anonomous intranet web-based survey?


April 1st, 2010

Interesting analysis on DADT yesterday by Andrew Sullivan. Have to say he is spot on and that likely it’s not going away any time soon:


April 1st, 2010

To me this could be one more sign that DADT is falling to pieces.


April 1st, 2010

In relation to DADT investigations and the Army, I am still suspicious of the Army Secretary’s statement that he won’t “personally” pursue DADT investigations. To be precise, I don’t see this statement as some sign the policy is crumbling within the Army as a whole. Who is to say this statement is to stop any other officer from investigating a DADT claim under his or her purview, unless each DADT discharge “personally” lies at the behest of the Army Secretary himself. (If anyone knows this to be true, please let me know, because as far as I believe…)


April 2nd, 2010


{Mr. McHugh said it would be “counterproductive” to “take disciplinary action against someone who spoke with me openly and honestly.” }

The entire Policy is “counterproductive”
to the military. Are the numbers of Straights currently in the Military who still have crippling phobias greater than the number of Gays who are there and performing well?

I remember generalized phobias with blacks which was similarly justified as being valid.

Will Military leaders also “speak to” Straight personnel? Talking to SOME Gays, and not others provides protections to some and not those others who weren’t selected. How will they be selected if they cannot “tell”? I wouldn’t trust that telling now wouldn’t come up at a later time to bite me.

How ignorant and lagging behind other countries we are!


April 2nd, 2010

Gee, I knew it was too good to be true, even from the upper-ups themselves: I am sure this is from an AP report, but the link is to my local paper.

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