Local Marines Train For Repeal Of Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Marines are preparing for the don't ask don't tell repeal. All members of the military must receive training before the repeal is put into place.

Tuesday, members of the 2nd MEF Headquarters group at Camp Lejeune sat through one of the mandatory training sessions. Lt. Col. Ken Kelsay says these sessions are to make sure everyone is aware of what the policy changes will be. Two specific areas that will have changes when the don't ask don't tell repeal is in place - are accessions and separations.

"On the accessions portion, homosexuality does not bar an individual from acceptance into the Department of Defense." said instructor Lt. Col. Ken Kelsay

"I think it will be accepted, I don't see any problems coming in the future because we're being trained on it now." said Sgt. Joshena Jameson

In the separations portion, a military member saying he or she is homosexual does not automatically provide grounds for separation any longer.

President Obama will meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense to determine that all of the Department of Defense has received this training

There will be a 60 day period before the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell is in place, however as of now, there is no set deadline.

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  • by Melissa Location: New Bern on May 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    by REM on May 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM in reply to "Some female species eat their offspring too, will you also be taking up that practice?". Nice strawman argument.
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      by REM on May 12, 2011 at 02:44 PM in reply to Melissa
      no, it's not a straw man... Where do we draw the line at what is acceptable and what is not? Why is homosexuality ok, but pedophilia is not? Please enlighten us... I say we go by Gods word, since ours in failable and imperfect.
  • by Ned Location: Boston, MA on May 11, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    REM assumes — incorrectly — that America doesn’t support DADT repeal. That’s untrue. REM also assumes — again incorrectly — that the teachings of his religious sect are superior to the teachings in all other religious sects, and that his religion should prevail in federal law over all others. That’s also untrue, per the U.S. Constitution. REM also assumes — again incorrectly — that same-sex attraction isn’t natural. That’s also untrue. Bisexual, homosexual, and transgender behavior during sex, courtship, affection, pair bonding, and parenting was found everywhere that it was studied throughout the animal kingdom (about 1500 species so far).
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    Here's your info..Melissa is wrong, it's not 1,100...it's 1,500... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality#Homosexual_behavior_in_animals
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      by Melissa on May 11, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to
      Thanks for the correction. ; )
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    As long as a person does their job, what difference does it make.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 11, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    While some of you think its perfectly OK to live this lifestyle, note one thing; Men plus men=AIDS/HIV. Sorry to burst your bubble, however, that is one reason Ca cannot meet budget when the cost of their sexual expression costs the taxpayers; http://www.avert.org/america.htm It is safer to grab a carton of smokes, get drunk and walk in the middle of the highway....
  • by Melissa Location: New Bern on May 11, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    They are all adults. Why do they need training? A complete waste of time. Follow orders and be done with it.
  • by PMHexcutive Location: PMH on May 11, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    Who Cares if they are gay or not! Look on craigslist they are already serving in the military. Just Google Men seeking Men jacksonville NC craigslist. Or men seeking men Eastern NC craigslist. .... I mean geezz can we just get these gas prices down? I know multiple people who work at the hospital that are gay, that said, some of them are the hardest working individuals I have seen... Get A Life People Okrrrrr!
  • by Wow on May 11, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    I sure would like to meet some of you ingrates on here. Take a look around you there are gays all over and living normal lives that do not affect anyone else. I can guarantee that you are friends with more of them than you think.
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      by REM on May 11, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to Wow
      Are you trying to insinuate that we don't have the right to defend the honor of marriage between a man and a woman? Some of the nicest people I know are homosexual, that doesn't mean that I don't have the right to say that I think its wrong and damaging to society! Don't you believe for a second that MY right to freedom of expression is to be trumped by yours or anyones else!
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to Wow
      I wouldnt call it a "normal" life. There is nothing "normal" about it at all. It's actually "abnormal".
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        by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 01:29 PM in reply to
        Homosexuality is found in over 1100 species. It certainly isn't abnormal in nature.
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          by REM on May 12, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to
          Some female species eat their offspring too, will you also be taking up that practice?
  • by Glad To Be Leaving on May 11, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    I'm only gonna be alive for another 10-15 years. Things like acceptance of homosexuality is just one more thing changing in our world that is wrong. Accepting Muslims, giving blacks equal rights...there were several wrongs that I've seen in my lifetime. But at least I was raised well enough to know better.
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      by REM on May 11, 2011 at 08:33 AM in reply to Glad To Be Leaving
      I need some clarification on that last part... are you saying that blacks don't deserve equal treatment?
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        by Melissa on May 11, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to REM
        Totally what their saying. Charming, huh?
  • by hayes Location: greenville on May 11, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    WITN first and foremost the picture you have for this article makes this issue seem like a complete joke. The reality is that the repeal of dont ask dont tell isnt to throw in peoples faces. WITN please change that caption, the gay pride flag has nothing to do with this issue. Your are pairing a stereotype with reality. While this is a victory for human equality this is should not be thrown in peoples faces. The real issues are being missed here, allowing for the repeal of dont ask dont tell has nothing to do with pride flags and pink camo. The fact is no overly flambouyant male is going to join the military. This will protect soldiers who if outted dont loss complete rights to military benefits. The same soldiers if injured in combat would loose medical benefits.
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      by REM on May 11, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to hayes
      Thrown in peoples faces? ... HA! You mean like how the DATA repeal was shoved down the throats of the ruling majority of this nation? By an overwhelming margin, the American public as well as the armed forces DO NOT approve of this BS law. Marriage is a covenant gifted from GOD to be honored by a MAN and a WOMAN. Biologically and morally, homosexuality is damaging and unnatural.
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        by hayes on May 11, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to REM
        This is about people receiveing rights that they are entitled to. They are paid and asked to do the same job any other american is willing and able to do. So would you be ok with loosing your medical benifits, education benefits, and retirement because of someone you were in a relationship with. The repeal of dont ask dont tell is one step to level the playing feild for all US citizens. Regardless if you believe that homosexuality is right or wrong. Anyone willing in able to serve in the armed forces should be allowed to receive the same amount of respect and treatment. On the subject of marriage, I dont believe that same sex marriage should be a religous based affair. However I do believe that same sex couples should be granted equitable rights as any other american citizen. That goes much farther than the exchange of rings. Yes I am gay and a republican......shocker I know....believe it or not we arent all flambouyant and in your face about our preferences
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          by REM on May 12, 2011 at 07:37 AM in reply to hayes
          What about pedophiles? They too are "different", so why can't they also reap the benefits from serving the in the armed services. You act like service gives you free reign to act however you would like, but believe me, when you sign the dotted line you are to follow orders and shut your mouth. If you are gay, straight, or anywhere in between then KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. "I dont believe that same sex marriage should be a religous based affair." -- LOL, it's not like marriage is a covenant or anything... We get it, you like men... so keep it to yourself. There is NOT A SINGLE THING that you can't do with a domestic partnership that you can do with a marriage. The difference is that ours is ordained by God, and your's is an abomination. See the difference? Stop trying to force your lifestyle on the rest of us.
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