As such, it disappointed us to read that lawyers for Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen "are recommending a delay of at least a year in beginning the process to repeal the ban on openly gay military service." [SOURCE]
“Now is not the time,” the in-house legal counsel for Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote recently in a memorandum obtained by The Associated Press. “The importance of winning the wars we are in, along with the stress on the force, our body of knowledge and the number of unknowns, demand that we act with deliberation.”Mullen and other Pentagon leaders have quietly begun a new push to build consensus for the timing of a repeal that Mullen and others assume will come eventually. Strong opposition to swift repeal remains among top uniformed military leaders.
Mullen was unable to get the full backing of other senior uniformed leaders during an unusual meeting of the top officers from each branch of the military last week, U.S. officials said. He is expected to hold a follow-up session within days.
Mullen and other military leaders cautioned last year that repeal of the law must be done carefully so as not to disrupt military cohesion in wartime. Last April, Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated the process could take years — if it ever happens.
At the time, Gates noted that it took five years for the U.S. military to racially integrate during the Truman administration.
“If we do it, it’s imperative that we do it right and very carefully,” Gates said then.However, other Pentagon advisers "argue that lifting the ban would not cause unmanageable problems or divisions among the uniformed military."
Villager's Voice: I'm never served in the military. I'm not gay. However, I have an opinion on this matter. It is my opinion that we already have gay people in the military. They serve with honor. They should not have to deny or hide in order to obey a DADT policy that is outdated and unnecessary.
What say u?