“In 2007, women only made up 14 percent of the Army. However, during the same year, women accounted for 46 percent of all Army discharges under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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So notes the ACS Blog, which reports:

Under the Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, military recruiters and authorities are banned from asking about a soldier’s sexual identify. However, soldiers are required to hide their sexual orientation from public view unless they are heterosexual.

According to figures from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, women are disproportionately affected by the policy. In 2007, women only made up 14 percent of the Army. However, during the same year, women accounted for 46 percent of all Army discharges under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

While on the campaign trail, then Sen. Obama pledged to end gay discrimination in the military. However, more recent indications have been that Pres. Obama is in no rush to put this policy to rest.

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2 Responses to “In 2007, women only made up 14 percent of the Army. However, during the same year, women accounted for 46 percent of all Army discharges under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

  1. jemissios says:

    Ladies, how about we do something about this! The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is holding a Freedom to Serve rally and Lobby Day on Capitol Hill on March 13 to support the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Check it out!

    http://www.sldn.org/events/archives/freedom-to-serve-rally-and-lobby-day

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