Secretary, CSA note legislation repeal is not a ‘done deal’

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Troops,

We know many of you were disappointed in the House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committee votes on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  

Understandably, such an action taken before the men and women of the Armed Forces were consulted could be seen as a reversal of our commitment to hear the views of our Soldiers and families before the law was repealed.  

It should not be.

You should know that the amendment passed May 27 does preserve our prerogatives to provide our informed advice to the Secretary of Defense and the President before the law is repealed. 

It contains a provision that the amendment will not go into effect until the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff complete their review and certify that the implementation of the policies and regulations to implement the repeal are consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention.

Please get this information to your Soldiers and families and ask them to resist the urge to think that this is a “done deal” and that their input is unimportant.  

It is imperative that they (Soldiers and families) continue to provide their candid responses to the review team. 

We remain committed to hearing your views and conveying them to our leadership before going forward on such an important issue in a time of war.  

Also remind them that the current law remains in effect.

(Editor’s Note: This message was received prior to the Memorial Day weekend, but too late for publication, May 28. The Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army further stated, “On this Memorial Day weekend, we thank you and your families for your service. We ask that, at some time over the weekend, you pause and remember the more than one million men and women who have given their lives for this country over our history.)

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