Lesbian major's DADT lawsuit moves forward....A full panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a legal challenge to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" can proceed

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    Dec 06, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    Witt joined the Air Force in 1986. She served in the Persian Gulf and in 2003 was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal for her action in saving the life of a Department of Defense employee who had collapsed aboard a government-chartered flight from Bahrain.

    In 1993, she was selected to be the “poster child” for the Air Force Nurse Corps recruitment flyer.

    Under DADT, two people every day are dropped from the military for being gay.

    In the 15 years that DADT has been in force, more than 10,000 personnel have been discharged as a result of the policy, including 800 with skills deemed ‘mission critical,’ such as pilots, combat engineers and linguists.

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    Dec 09, 2008 1:33 AM GMT
    Interesting that she's a nurse, Caslon.

    In Randy Shilts' Conduct Unbecoming (1995), the major work on gay people in the U.S. Military, and focused very much on the then recent Don't Ask ... policy, someone assesses that if all the gay and lesbian members of the U.S, armed forces were discharged at once, they could just about shut down the medical corps.

    Will be watching this one.
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    Dec 09, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    DADT has become a public relations disaster for the military. Thanks Clinton.