Charlotte Observer: Military Prepares for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to End
Military prepares for 'don't ask, don't tell' to end
By Franco Ordoñez
COLUMBIA, S.C. — In less than four weeks, openly gay men and women will be able to serve in the U.S. military.
At Fort Jackson, it's Capt. Guy Allsup's job to ensure that recruits in Charlie Company now realize a soldier is a soldier: gay or straight.
On Monday, the 29-year-old Charlotte Country Day graduate walked 231 nervous basic training recruits through scenarios.
Soldiers won't be asked their sexual orientation. After Sept. 20, they won't be kicked out of the armed services simply for acknowledging they are gay. Hand-holding and other forms of public affection on base won't be tolerated. That goes for a guy and girl, or a guy and a guy.
"Does anybody think that this is going to be a drastic change for deployed soldiers?" Allsup called out to the group.
"No, sir," they yelled.
"Someone give me a reason why not," Allsup said.
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