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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