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12 June 2006 @ 06:56 pm
Two Service Members Discharged A Day Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  
Our govn't makes zero sense.
More than 700 gay, lesbian and bisexual service personnel were discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy last year, a recent report by the Pentagon shows.

According to The Government Accountability Office, it has cost nearly $200 million to recruit and train replacements for the 9,488 troops discharged since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted in 1994. Figures show that many of these troops held critical jobs as military intelligence and linguists.

A vast majority of the discharges came from the Army, which dismissed 386 members in 2005, compared to 177 from the Navy, 88 from the Air Force, 75 from the Marine Corps and 16 from the Coast Guard.

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy requires gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to keep their sexual orientation a secret and refrain from "same-sex sexual conduct." Under the current policy, service members may be investigated and administratively discharged if they:

- make a statement that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual;

- engage in physical contact with someone of the same sex for the purposes of sexual gratification;

- marry, or attempt to marry, someone of the same sex.