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Dan Choi To Enlist in the Marines, SLDN Issues Caution

Jim Burroway

October 19th, 2010

Lt. Dan Choi, who was discharged last summer from the New York National Guard under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is taking advantage of the latest reports indicating that military recruiters will now take applicants from prospective LGBT servicemembers. Choi just Tweeted the following:

I’m gonna try to enlist in the Marines today. Anyone else can meet me at NYC Times Sq now.

Maanwhile, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network today issued this word of caution:

“During this interim period of uncertainty, service members must not come out and recruits should use caution if choosing to sign up.  The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law is rooted in any statement of homosexuality made at anytime and to anyone.  A higher court is likely to issue a hold on the injunction by Judge Phillips very soon.  The bottom line: if you come out now, it can be used against you in the future by the Pentagon.  As the DOJ fights to keep this unconstitutional and oppressive law, we are monitoring active-duty clients’ cases and fielding calls every day to our hotline.  Given the uncertainty in the courts, we urge the Senate to act swiftly next month on repeal when they return to Washington.”

Update: Oh the ignominy! The old fart just Tweeted an update:

In the recruiting station. Apparently I’m too old for the Marines! Just filled out the Army application

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Chris McCoy
October 19th, 2010 | LINK

So many people will doubtlessly call this move foolish. I call it courageous.

How many of us would risk our livelihood, our career, our freedom, time and time again, as Mr Choi has.

Franck
October 20th, 2010 | LINK

And if anyone missed the recent updates, he’s been accepted in the Army, for now. Cheers!

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October 20th, 2010 | LINK

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