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Service chiefs say DADT should be repealed but question timing

The Senate Armed Services Committee

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a second day of testimony on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in light of a recent Pentagon report that suggests servicemembers were mostly positive or neutral to a repeal of the policy.

The leaders of each branch of the military stated that the policy could be repealed with limited disruption to military readiness and unit cohesion.

Each of the service chiefs suggested that the military would be able to handle a repeal, though several disagreed on the timing. Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff for the Air Force, suggested deferring repeal in 2012, though he acknowledged the Air Force could handle a repeal with limited risk.

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Senate schedules ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ hearings

Senator Carl Levin chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hear testimony regarding a Pentagon study on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on Dec. 2 and 3.

According to the Armed Services Committee website, the session will feature the full committee.

Scheduled to testify on Dec. 2 are Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and General Carter Ham (co-chair of the Review Working Group).