"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": The Law and Military Policy on Same-Sex Behavior

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This report describes the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, which holds that the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in same-sex acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion which are the essence of military capability. Under this policy, but not the law, service members are not to be asked about nor allowed to discuss their "same-sex orientation." This report also describes recent efforts by certain Members of Congress to amending this policy.

Creator(s): Burrelli, David F.
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: October 14, 2010
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Burrelli, David F.

Specialist in Military Manpower Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: October 14, 2010
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This report describes the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, which holds that the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in same-sex acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion which are the essence of military capability. Under this policy, but not the law, service members are not to be asked about nor allowed to discuss their "same-sex orientation." This report also describes recent efforts by certain Members of Congress to amending this policy.

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22 pages.

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