Marine Commander At Camp Pendleton Ready To Adapt To Repeal Of DADT Policy
Monday, December 20, 2010
The news that both the House and the Senate have agreed to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy means changes ahead for marines and sailors based in San Diego.
Major General Anthony Jackson, the Commander of Marine Corp Installations West, based at Camp Pendleton, said he's ready.
"First of all, the Marine Corp is going to adapt to the new laws of the nation," he said. "I think there still needs to be a lot of thought about the practicalities of making the change. Cultural values for some will be challenged. We'll adapt, just like we adapt in wartime environments, if it's an urban environment, a jungle, a desert, what ever it is, we'll adapt to that social change I think we'll do it with a lot of zeal. We'll make it work."
The military will have a some time to make the adjustments, the policy does not go into effect till 60 days after the president has signed the measure and he and military leaders have considered the implications and certified it.
Service members Legal Defense Fund and the Human Rights Campaign have issued a critical warning to service members that the repeal of DADT is not effective immediately and service members are still at risk of being discharged on the basis of their sexual orientation until certification occurs.