The law preventing openly gay soldiers from serving in the military is officially at an end. The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law, which was first enacted in 1993, was repealed this week, and that repeal will affect such things as current pending investigations and veterans disability.
In the last 18 years more than 14,000 soldiers have been discharged from the military for admitting they were gay. According to Fox News, it is estimated that there are approximately 65,000 soldiers actively serving in today’s military who are also gay, and will no longer have to worry about losing their veterans benefits.
The Pentagon has issued reassurances of the military’s ability to drive on and continue to function in no different manner than it currently functions. The emphasis this week has been on “business as usual” in military operations.
The Marine Corps seemed to be the most concerned with repealing the law initially because of their limited size and vast deployments. Now it seems they are the branch of the service moving to the forefront of ensuring the repeal is implemented. Multiple influential military soldiers testified to how the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell “harmed the force’s integrity.”
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