Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal on December 22nd, but the Air Force approved a DADT discharge on April 29. What the eff?
First off, you should know that DADT is still legally in effect until ‘Bama, the defense secretary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Congress all do a bunch of governmental witchcraft to officially remove it from the books.
Second, the discharged Air Force servicemember in this case may have requested his own discharge:
Servicemembers United executive director Alex Nicholson, who stated that he was unfamiliar with this case, wrote, ”[T]he Department of Defense has made it abundantly clear that it is now virtually impossible to discharge someone who does not want to be discharged. ‘We know that servicemembers have sometimes requested their own discharges and have used the fact that the law is on the books to force a discharge through despite a command or service preference for retention.”
Curious. Will this unnamed Air Force servicemember be the last DADT discharge? That’s gotta be worth a free drink at the bar.