Don’t Ask’ Repeal Training Set to Begin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 — Train­ing will begin short­ly for experts in cer­tain spe­cial­ties and lead­ers as part of the plan for final­iz­ing repeal of the law that bars gay men, les­bians and bisex­u­als from serv­ing open­ly in the mil­i­tary, the chief of staff for the Defense Department’s repeal imple­men­ta­tion team said here today.
Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Steven A. Hum­mer out­lined the process in an inter­view.

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma signed the repeal of the law com­mon­ly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Dec. 22, begin­ning a process that will cul­mi­nate in full repeal. The cur­rent pol­i­cy remains in effect until 60 days after the sec­re­tary of defense, the chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the pres­i­dent cer­ti­fy the military’s readi­ness to imple­ment the repeal.

Gates has said he wants repeal done expe­di­tious­ly and effec­tive­ly, and that it can hap­pen this year.

Clif­ford L. Stan­ley, under­sec­re­tary of defense for per­son­nel and readi­ness, issued a memo Feb. 10 to the mil­i­tary sec­re­taries on the imple­men­ta­tion plan. “The memo con­tin­ues the pre-imple­men­ta­tion process,” Hum­mer said. Now, the gen­er­al added, the team is ensur­ing all the poli­cies are pre­pared so that when repeal day actu­al­ly occurs they will go into effect.

The imple­men­ta­tion team also is ensur­ing that train­ing is in place for all 2.2 mil­lion mem­bers of the mil­i­tary.

The Defense Depart­ment, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all five ser­vices, devel­oped and syn­chro­nized the train­ing..

“The ser­vices will each put their col­ors and their appro­pri­ate cul­ture into those [plans],” he said. “The Navy will talk about pet­ty offi­cers, and the Marines will talk about sergeants.”

Train­ing is bro­ken into three tiers. “Tier 1 and Tier 2 train­ing will start in earnest soon,” the gen­er­al said. Tier 1 train­ing is for peo­ple who have unique skill sets, such as chap­lains, lawyers, per­son­nel spe­cial­ists, mil­i­tary inves­ti­ga­tors and recruiters, he explained. Tier 2 train­ing is for lead­ers, and Tier 3 train­ing is for the force at large. “This is leader-led train­ing,” Hum­mer said. “Our over-arch­ing theme is lead­er­ship, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, dis­ci­pline and respect.”

Lead­ers at every lev­el will be respon­si­ble for train­ing their peo­ple, he said. “Pro­fes­sion­al­ism is the expec­ta­tion across all the ser­vices,” Hum­mer said. “This is a dis­ci­plined force, and we expect to see that as the train­ing and repeal go into place. Last­ly, respect is what every­body expects to receive and what every­body should give.”

The train­ing will include some Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tions with vignettes to encour­age dis­cus­sions, as well as pre­sen­ta­tions by the ser­vice chiefs that will intro­duce the top­ic and pro­vide their intents for the forces.

The ser­vices will deliv­er the first of many progress reports to Stan­ley on March 1.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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