Lt. Dan Choi Called Back To Duty

  • metta

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    Feb 09, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    Lt. Dan Choi Called Back To Duty

    http://ow.ly/15B9n


    Story updated: He was called back to Drill Duty not Active Duty
    http://advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/02/09/Dan_Choi_Back_in_Active_Duty/





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  • rnch

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    Feb 09, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    Lt. Dan.... from "forest gump"? icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 09, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    If they leave his status at an "unenforced discharge," I think that would show an incredible hypocrisy in the military. I look forward to see how this is resolved.
  • lopakados

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    Feb 10, 2010 3:27 AM GMT
    this is definitely a step in the right direction. I will be curious to see if Pres Obama is able to actually repeal the DADT. It is supposedly in the process.
    thanks for the updateicon_lol.gif
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    Feb 10, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    He comes Monday for a talk.
  • DCEric

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    Feb 10, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    Pinny saidHe comes Monday for a talk.


    Well, that is ok, so long as he cleans it up.
  • Slowtwitch

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    Feb 10, 2010 12:59 PM GMT
    If anything, i hope that Dan Choi's non-enforced discharge is symptomatic of a greater and greater refusal among the command structure to enforce an expensive and impractical policy, let alone baffling in the extent of its bias. When you have the CJCS very publicly state that this policy is wrong for the armed forces, it totally deflates bigots' argument that soft-headed hippie liberals are forcing social experiments on the troops and that the troops don't want this. McCain is having some crazy talk radio guy challenge him for the Arizona seat, which is why he is now flip-flopping on DADT. In what i pray will continue to be a recurring pattern, McCain's attempt to throw gays under the bus to bolster his conservative credentials has backfired and he has now alienated himself not only from the mainstream but also amongst conservatives of the non-Bible-Thumping variety. When the commentators on Fox News are going off on you and saying that your support of DADT is anachronistic and just plain wrong, you know you fucked up! It is totally correct that it will take years' worth of bureaucratic overhaul to phase out the policy, but hopefully in the meantime there will be a freeze on investigations (ie, fag witchhunts) and discharges.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 10, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    This brings to light something I mentioned during my interview with Military Times. I told the interviewer that Commanders are increasingly reluctant to discharge soldiers under DADT because they recognize that these are highly qualified and honorable people discharged under DADT.

    I would like to extend my kudos and support to not only LT Choi, but also his unit and unit's leadership. This is very heart-warming.
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    Feb 10, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    I've wondered why Choi is still a Lieutenant in the National Guard, yet a West Point (USMA) graduate. West Pointers have a mandatory Regular Army (RA) active duty commitment of several years upon graduation and commissioning, before they have the option to leave active duty and go into the federal Reserve or the state National Guard, where he is assigned now. By that time virtually all of them have been promoted to Captain, especially after serving in a combat zone. So his still being a Lieutenant in the Guard puzzles me. I've never read an explanation for it.
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    Feb 10, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    what's the fuss all about?

    i say let them bar gay people from the military. gay people are too valuable to be killed off. feel free to send all the str8 guys to thier deaths
  • rdberg1957

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    Feb 10, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    I understand blondzigod's position, but I no longer hold it. I've never been gung ho for our military because it is way oversized for the ability of the nation to pay for it. Once you've paid for it, you have to use it (Remember Grenada?). DADT is about denying full citizenship to gay people. I don't like the idea of anyone fighting and dying for dubious causes. However, if gay people wish to volunteer, I don't want them denied access because they are gay.
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    Feb 10, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    I think blondiz went one way and RD went another.
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    Feb 10, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    rdberg1957 saidI understand blondzigod's position, but I no longer hold it. I've never been gung ho for our military because it is way oversized for the ability of the nation to pay for it. Once you've paid for it, you have to use it (Remember Grenada?). DADT is about denying full citizenship to gay people. I don't like the idea of anyone fighting and dying for dubious causes. However, if gay people wish to volunteer, I don't want them denied access because they are gay.

    As a 25-year US Army veteran, as most of you know, I second your comments regarding gays being made second-class citizens in the denial of their right to serve openly in uniform. Not sure I would concur about the contention that having a military compels you to use it, however, but I would agree it can become a temptation when at times its deployment may not be the appropriate response.
  • Anto

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    Feb 10, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    Until the policy is changed in regard to homosexuality it doesn't matter what happens, it doesn't mean anything until that happens. The armed forces have always had discretion as to whether someone should be discharged or not - it's in the policy.

    In the article it says he was never actually discharged either.
  • metta

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    Feb 12, 2010 2:02 AM GMT

    Choi talks to CNN about his return: