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Study: DADT Repeal Should Take Weeks

Study: DADT Repeal Should Take Weeks


A new study shows that the Department of Defense could easily train all members of the military in new protocol recognizing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

The Pentagon can use tactics already in place to train troops deployed in combat zones and provide force-wide training within weeks or even days, according to the Palm Center, a think tank for research concerning gender, sexuality, and the military, which conducted the study. However, Defense secretary Robert Gates is looking to stall implementation for much of 2011 in order to thoroughly train troops.

"When you read the Pentagon's 87-page implementation plan, you see that the transition requirements can be boiled down to just two things: strong leadership and simple rules," Palm Center director Aaron Belkin said in a statement. "This really isn't rocket science."

In 1994 the Pentagon was able to start enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" in 40 days.

Part of the report was released Monday, but the full report will be issued later this week.

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