Army To Accept Comments On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Army Secretary John McHugh says the military is considering a system for soldiers to anonymously express their opinions about the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay troops.

McHugh spoke at Hawaii's Schofield Barracks on Friday at the end of a seven-day listening tour through Alaska, South Korea and Japan, where he met with soldiers and their families.

He says he's not ready draw any conclusions about how the Army should change its policy on gays.

McHugh intends to make a recommendation by the end of the year.

Any policy change would have to come from Congress.

Until then, federal law prohibits service members from discussing their sexual orientation.

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  • by Civilian Location: OR on May 15, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    C. Everyone in the military is protecting your back. If you ever needed a buddy to keep you alive, I don't think you would be so judgemental. Those that are quick to condemn are guilty of the same offenses inside themselves... closeted.
  • by C on May 9, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Soldier: I don't see how you think you can question someone's intelligence just because you disagree with them. Besides, I didn't insult you. I simply spoke the truth. If the truth offends you,I really don't know what else to tell you.
  • by Soldier Location: CA on May 9, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    C, you don't sound intelligent at all. The Military is NOT made for every heterosexual to serve either! Not every gay person is fit for the Military either. Trust me, every gay person who is serving in the Military today VERY WELL belongs in the military. Their earned their rank/position in the military and are very much qualified to DIE for your freedom. Are you done insulting me now?
  • by C on May 9, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Homosexuality: Politically correct but still morally abhorrent. Still disgusting. Still against God,nature,and common sense. America's military needs men capable of killing people and breaking things...not ones who can have a hissy fit and scratch your eyes out.
  • by Bobbie Location: Greenville on May 9, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    I think the current uniforms are a color clash. May I suggest changing them to a camo pink. If I saw a bunch of soldiers heading my way dressed in camo pink, I would run for cover.
  • by phrogs4ever Location: ENC on May 8, 2010 at 10:05 PM
    I had an ex-husband who was adamant that gays in the military had no place. That was all fine and good with him and his various commands. He was promoted all the way up to E-9. He relentlessly pursued prosecution of gay military members. However, he forgot one little tidbit....he was an adulterer during this same time. Did I tell his command? Sure did! What was their response? "That is a personal matter". Being prior military, I know that adultery is a violation of the UCMJ and yet, the commands elected to ignore this charge. Why? Because I am certain there were commanders doing the same thing! The situation with gays in the military has to cease. If a service member can do his/her job, please leave their personal lives out of the equation. No one cares. If you want to "Bible thump", I suggest you pick up a rifle and thump while you are shooting...
  • by Why Location: ENC on May 8, 2010 at 09:46 PM
    What is the big deal about gays in the military? Unlike the heterosexual population elects to believe, not all gays "want you". Don't be afraid of showering next to a gay person, man or woman, because they really are not concerned with you. "They" are not on the hunt. They desire normal relationships that heterosexuals do, only with the same gender. What you do in your bedroom, gay or heterosexual, is none of my business. For all of you Bible thumpers, please attempt to convince me you are seated at the right hand of the Lord. If so, you are Jesus Christ and I sincerely hope that He is not blogging on a WITN website.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on May 8, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    The people I serve with say keep it the way it is, if gays are aloud to serve openly the military will lose alot of good soldiers just so some sexual deviant can say im's plain stupidity. Why should I have to accept what deviant behavior you may partake in.
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Be gay but I do not want to share a room with a lesbian. That should be my choice.
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    Stan, which God are you talking about? God #1, #2, Allah, Buddist God, the mormons God or the God that Native American Indians worshipped?! This country was founded and lived on by Indians. Did you forget that? Not everyone worships your god. Sorry.
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