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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed

DoD photo: Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Hammond

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military has officially been repealed and is no longer in effect.

The Defense Department sent a memo Tuesday announcing the policy change, which takes effect 60 days after President Barack Obama certified the military’s readiness for repeal based on advice from military leaders.

The Pentagon also released a quick reference guide, highlighting new separation policies coinciding with the repeal.

“Service members who had an approved separation date forecasted after repeal that was based solely on DADT will have that separation cancelled,” the guide says. “The Services have ceased all pending investigations, discharges, and administrative proceedings commenced solely under DADT.”

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Tuesday nearly all service members had taken training associated with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell.”

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