In a new video released this weekend, General James F. Amos and Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent, top leaders of the U.S. Marine Corps, made it clear that they will “step out smartly to faithfully implement” repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Further, they highlighted the importance of “engaged leadership” at all levels for smooth implementation and acknowledged that in moving forward with repeal the Marines will continue their long tradition of respect for all service members.
This latest development underscores just how far the Commandant of the Marine Corps has come on the issue of DADT repeal. The military is faithfully executing change as it moves closer to dismantling DADT.
But our job is far from done. In coming months SLDN will continue to serve as a resource to the DoD as we push for certification this quarter or next to ensure a swift, smooth transition to open service.
As General Amos said in the video, mutual respect for all service members is what will continue to unite and drive the Marines: “Our fidelity to one another is our moral compass that guides us. It is the foundation of what being a Marine is all about.”
01-31-11 By Emily Sussman, Legislative Associate |