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2009′s Total DADT Discharges: 443

According to Servicemembers United’s “annual fiscal year Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge statistic combines the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Defense, which was 428, with the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Homeland Security for the Coast Guard, which was 15. This brings the official 17-year total, according to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, to 13,425 discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

By:           editor editor
On:           Apr 22, 2010
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  • 8 Comments
    • Lanjier
      Lanjier

      What a great patriot that Obama is, letting the veterans and soldiers under his command get thrown in the street after putting their lives on the line for this country. Disgusting.

      Apr 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WildCat
      WildCat

      So, how many were there in 2008? Is this number higher or lower than under the Bush Administration or the Clinton Administration?

      Per the SLDN website, 443 is the fewest discharges since DADT was enacted. But why would Queerty bother with “facts” when it gets in the way of the site’s ability to rile its readers?

      Apr 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      No. 2 · WildCat
      So, how many were there in 2008? Is this number higher or lower than under the Bush Administration or the Clinton Administration?

      Per the SLDN website, 443 is the fewest discharges since DADT was enacted. But why would Queerty bother with “facts” when it gets in the way of the site’s ability to rile its readers?
      _________________

      Yeah, it also has to do with the fact that people are being brought up on charges under DADT, but they are holding their hearings over because they can’t afford to lose them if they are overseas.

      However, the fact that you would try to say that nearly 500 gay and lesbians, who are qualified, losing their jobs through bigotry is somehow a good thing just shows that you are way more loyal to your political party than you are to your fellow human beings.

      Apr 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JamieMcG
      JamieMcG

      But at least he signed that little memo saying gays could visit each other in the hospital…whoops…that is unless you’re fighting and dying for your country.

      Apr 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com
      Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com

      @WildCat:

      Here’s a fact you left out, that, I’ll give you the benefit of not knowing: In January of 2009, there were only 11 discharged per the Pentagon.

      Subtracting those from 443, leaves 432 discharged during the 11 months Obama was President the entire time. 432 divided by 11 = 39 per month so the discharge rate under Obama WENT UP!

      Further, Servicemembers United release today goes on to say:

      When pressed by Servicemembers United, the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Freedom of Information Office confirmed on three separate occasions in late 2009 and early 2010 that the internal source of their annual “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharge numbers is the Defense Manpower Data Center, and that Defense Manpower Data Center statistics do not include discharges from the Reserves or the National Guard.

      On this revelation, [SU Executive Director Alex] Nicholson added, “It is indeed surprising to learn now that the annual discharge numbers have been underreported. Policy makers, the media, and the American public rely on these numbers to make decisions and judgments about the costs of this policy. The Reserves and the National Guard have been especially active since September 11th, 2001 and their numbers have swelled, so it is highly probably that the discharge numbers from these two additional [areas] are significant.”

      The Department of Defense in general – and the Defense Manpower Data Center specifically – has consistently failed to disclose full information and data related to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharges in blatant violation of the Freedom of Information Act. In response to one request for information by Servicemembers United in mid-2009, the Department of Defense took more than twice the amount of time allowable by law to produce less than one-tenth of one percent of the requested data – data that was not classified and not protected by the Privacy Act. Information requests from members of Congress, including House Armed Services Committee members, have also been only partially filled.

      Whatever the actual numbers there is NO excuse for a SINGLE discharge by the President who spoke 10 months ago of the “URGENCY” of stopping gay discharges because they are not only unjust but “weaken national security” when he has full authority under powers given the Presidency by Congress in 1983 to, regardless of any law, stop any discharges at any time in the name of national security.

      And yet those discharges continue even as you’re reading this; day after day after day after day.

      The President could stop those discharges today with the proverbial stroke of a pen and he could force Congress to repeal with personal phone calls to only a handful of holdout Members who, to the contrary per reluctant critic Barney Frank, are using his current silence as an excuse not to repeal.

      Apr 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      443 Americans were tossed out of the military in 2009 because of their sexual orientation? And this is the Twenty-First Century we’re living in right? And the United States of America has a DEMOCRATIC President and the US Senate and Congress both have comfortable DEMOCRATIC majorities. And Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan was ironically, “YES WE CAN!” As far as those 443 Americans are concerned Obama’s slogan should be, “No we can’t.”

      Apr 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tinkerbell
      tinkerbell

      Without me, that number would have been 442. 12Jan09 was my discharge date.

      Apr 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adman
      adman

      Why any member of a disenfranchised group would listen to anything the President says is beyond me. And I mean minorities, the poor, Women, immigrants, anyone. Well, maybe a disclaimer re: immigrants, since they’ll get some reform that will really be to the benefit of the Plutocrats. That is the straight ones will, not the gays and/or women, of course.

      Apr 23, 2010 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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