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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Online Inbox Goes Live

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2010 –

A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law has gone live.

The inbox will enable servicemembers and families to offer their thoughts about how a repeal of the law that prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military might affect military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness, a defense official explained.

Army officials are encouraging all soldiers and Army family members to provide input to this process, said Army Col. Thomas Languirand, chief of the command policy and programs division for the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel. "We want to hear directly from them as we continue the review of the issues regarding ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell,’" he said.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates created an intradepartment, interservice working group to conduct a fair, objective, comprehensive and dispassionate review of these issues, the official said. The online inbox is one method the group will use to systematically engage with the force and their families.

A non-Defense Department contractor will monitor comments made through the inbox and eliminate any identifiable information inadvertently submitted to ensure anonymity, the official said.

The inbox is posted at http://www.defense.gov/dadt. Respondents must possess an official Common Access Card to provide input.




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