Joint Chiefs Plead With Congress Not to Repeal DADT For the Sake of Stupid Soldiers

If Congress goes ahead and repeals DADT, even under the compromise that would give Defense Sec. Gates the ultimate level pull on actually shutting down the policy, American soldiers are going to be confused. Yes, really.

Chiefs of staff G. Roughead (chief of Naval ops), James Conway (Marine chief), Norton Schwartz (Air Force head), and George Casey (Army head) all wrote similar letters to Congress insisting they don’t act on DADT until the Pentagon finishes its review. Otherwise, as Roughead declares:

Don’t get soldiers’ brains all mixed up you guys! These trained professionals just won’t be able to handle it.