Conduct Unbecoming: 3rd Annual Report on Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Dont Pursue

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DIANE Publishing, Jun 1, 1997 - History - 53 pages
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This report details the violations of the current law of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" documented by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SDLN) from Feb. 28, 1996 to Feb. 26, 1997. Examples are given of the 443 violations of the law and regulations in 256 cases handled and verified by SDLN and its network of cooperating attorneys. Exhibits include costs of training replacements for servicemembers discharged under gay policy; total DoD discharges under gay policies, 1980-1996; command violations of the current law; and the impact of lesbian-baiting -- women selectively targeted.

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Page 39 - The cost figures for 1991-1995 are based on the ratio of discharges in year x divided by the costs in year x set equal to the ratio of discharges in years 1980-1990 divided by the costs in years 1980-1990. The cost figures have not been adjusted for inflation.
Page 30 - The purpose of the inquiry is not to discover evidence of homosexual acts or to ferret out other homosexuals in the military. If acts or other military members are discovered during the proper course of the investigation, however, appropriate action may be taken
Page 16 - Don't Harass" portion of the new regulations makes explicit that "the Armed Forces do not tolerate harassment or violence against any servicemember, for any reason.
Page 8 - DON'T PURSUE In the words of General Colin Powell, "Don't Pursue" means that "We won't witch hunt. We won't chase. We will not seek to learn orientation.
Page 1 - Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" has been anything but humane as many commanders have continued to ask, pursue and harass suspected gay servicemembers with impunity. One result is that, according to the Department of Defense's own figures, gay discharges have soared to 850 in fiscal year 1996, a five-year high, and up 42% since 1994. The rate of gay discharges is at its highest level since 1987.
Page 16 - Don't Harass" include physical abuse and threats (including death threats), verbal harassment, and hostile command climates marked by constant anti-gay slurs. Violations also include sexual harassment of women through lesbian-baiting, the practice of pressuring and harassing women by calling, or threatening to call them, lesbians. Women frequently are accused as lesbians in retaliation for rebuffing sexual advances by men or reporting sexual abuse.
Page 22 - DOD's own statistics for 1996. Though women comprise only thirteen percent of the active duty force, they constitute twentynine percent of those kicked out under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue.
Page 6 - DOD civilian and military leaders to "carry out this policy with fairness, with balance, and with due regard for the privacy of individuals.
Page 8 - Lastly, commanders are not to use the criminal system against suspected gay servicemembers for consensual, adult sexual activities when they would not investigate or prefer criminal charges against heterosexuals for the same activities.

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