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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

In December of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting that military commanders feel that repealing the rule would not affect military effectiveness.

Tester statement on vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Saturday, December 18, 2010

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement following his vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
“Our nation’s military commanders say the repeal of this policy won’t affect the readiness or effectiveness of our armed forces. Based on that assessment, and my belief that no American should have to lie about who they are to serve our military, I support repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 4023; Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Provides for repeal of the current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, to be effective 60 days after the Secretary of Defense has received DOD's comprehensive review on the implementation of such repeal, and the President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) certify to the congressional defense committees that they have considered the report and proposed plan of action, that DOD has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by such repeal, and that implementation of such policies and regulations is consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion, and military recruiting and retention. Provides that, until such time as the above conditions are met, the current policy shall remain in effect.

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