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Stars & Stripes: Six Months After Repeal, Military Says DADT Died Quietly

By Leo Shane III

WASHINGTON — Sgt. Pepe Johnson was surprised by the reaction he received when his fellow soldiers learned that he is gay.

“They’ve pretty much shrugged it off,” said Johnson, who rejoined the Army last fall after nearly a decade away. “Most of them were wondering why I had a nine-year gap in service. When I told them it was because of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ they shrugged it off.

“That was a pleasant surprise.”

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