The new, kinder and gentler U.S. Army? Not just yet. While Obama promises gays and lesbians an end to Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell, the U.S. policy that bans openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces, it’s full steam ahead for DADT, which has canned 11 soldiers since January.
Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said he has requested monthly updates from the Pentagon on the impact of the policy until it is repealed.
In a statement released on Thursday, Moran said the discharged soldiers included an intelligence collector, a military police officer, four infantry personnel, a health care specialist, a motor-transport operator and a water-treatment specialist.
“How many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure?” asked Moran, a member of the House panel that oversees military spending.