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Top Marine Says DADT Repeal Has Gone Smoothly

Jim Burroway

November 28th, 2011

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos says that Marines around the world have adapted very well to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

I’m very pleased with how it has gone,” Amos said in an Associated Press interview during a week-long trip that included four days in Afghanistan, where he held more than a dozen town hall-style meetings with Marines of virtually every rank. He was asked about a wide range of issues, from his view of the Marine Corps’ future to more mundane matters such as why he recently decided to stop allowing Marines to wear their uniform with the sleeves rolled up. Not once was he asked in Afghanistan about the repeal of the gay ban.

Gen. Amos had broken ranks from the other military chiefs by openly lobbying against DADT’s repeal. Amos does not believe his earlier opposition to repeal was a mistake, saying that he was acting on a survey that he said showed DADT’s repeal would negatively impact unit cohesion. But once DADT was repealed, Amos appealed to the Marines’ commitment to honor and duty to facilitate a smooth implementation.



Timothy Kincaid
November 29th, 2011 | LINK

I do respect Amos.

Having been the voice of opposition, it must surely be tempting to see only that which might confirm his warnings. And yet he has instead become the primary reporter of no problems whatsoever.

And by none whatsoever, I have to just love this part:

Amos said he is aware of only one reported incident in Afghanistan thus far, and that turned out to be a false alarm. He said a blogger had written of a gay Marine being harassed by fellow Marines for his sexual orientation. In an ensuing investigation, the gay Marine denied he had been harassed.

So, it would seem, the Marines have had literally not one problem with the integration of gay soldiers.

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