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Support Plan for Implementation: Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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On March 2, 2010, the Secretary of Defense directed the Honorable Jeh Charles Johnson, General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and General Carter F. Ham, Commander, U.S. Army Europe, to stand up an intra-Department, inter-Service working group to conduct a comprehensive review of the issues associated with a repeal the Dont Ask, Dont Tell law. The Secretarys Terms of Reference required two deliverables 1 a Report containing the Co-Chairs assessment and recommendations 2 a plan of action to support the implementation of a repeal of the law. This is that plan. The Support Plan for Implementation was written in close collaboration with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness OUSDPR and anticipates key elements of a successful implementation. It is based on the assessment recommendations contained in the Co-Chairs Report. Because issues associated with repeal of 10 U.S.C. 654 commonly known as the Dont Ask, Dont Tell law are subject to a shifting legislative and legal landscape, in order to implement any change law or policy successfully the Department of Defense and the Services may need to deviate from some recommendations found in this Support Plan. Until such time as Congress may act to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell, the Support and subsequent related work by OUSDPR and the Services serve as contingency plans that will assist the Department of Defense in preparing for a repeal, should it indeed occur. This plan is designed to support each of the Service Training Commands developing training materials in the traditions and requirements of their respective Service.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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