Report lists ‘practical steps’ to repeal DADT
The Center for American Progress released a report Wedneday detailing practical steps President Obama can take towards repealing the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy.
Report coauthor Lawrence Korb said that changing the military’s policy on gays cannot be delayed any longer.
Lawrence Korb: ‘Repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is not simply a gay rights issue, its a matter of military readiness. And what we’ve done is analyzed all of the reports, the data, and basically come to the conclusion that the policy does not make sense and is in fact undermining our military readiness.’
The progressive think-tank’s report advises the president to immediately issue an executive order banning further dismissals of gay servicemembers. Over 250 gay and lesbian soldiers have been discharged just since Obama took office. Korb says the president exercising his “stop-loss” authority would be the first step towards ending the ban, and would expedite the process of a legislative repeal. The report highlights the cost of discharging a gay soldier, estimating that each of the 13-thousand soldiers discharged since 1993 has cost the military about 37-thousand dollars. Korb said that number does not include the untold millions spent training and outfitting specialists who are then prevented from doing their job.