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No DADT Discharges in One Month

No DADT Discharges in One Month


No U.S. service members have been discharged for being openly gay in the month since the Defense Department adopted new rules regarding "don't ask, don't tell," a Pentagon spokeswoman said Monday.

The new rules, signed October 21 by Defense secretary Robert Gates, limited authority to sign off on discharges to three service secretaries.

Spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told the Associated Press no discharges have been approved since October 21. Before then, any commanding officer with rank equivalent to a one-star general could discharge enlisted personnel under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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