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Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT)

Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

DADT SigningOn December 22nd, 2010, the President signed legislation that will lead to the eventual repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". The legislation provides that repeal will take effect 60 days after the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify to Congress that the Armed Forces are prepared to implement repeal in a manner that is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces. Until such time, there are no changes to any existing Department or Service policies.

The Memorandum accessible below provides the Department's Policy Guidance that will take effect on the date of repeal (the exact date is not yet known), and it informs the Military Services about the steps each should take immediately in order to prepare for the effective date of repeal.

Army Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQsThe Army has put together an extensive list of helpful frequently asked questions (FAQ's) regarding the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The list is organized with topic sub-headings to help locate questions quickly. Click on the link below to access.


The Department of the Army has put together some Guiding Principles to follow for Implementation of the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

"I say to all Americans, gay or straight, who want nothing more than to defend this country in uniform, your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the ranks of the finest military the world has ever known."

- President Barack Obama

"No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love." .

- President Barack Obama