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Peterson Space Observer

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

by Office of the Secretary of Defense

Public Affairs Office

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Members from the Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group will visit Peterson Air Force Base, June 16.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established a Defense Department Comprehensive Review Working Group to begin a review of the issues associated with implementing a repeal of the law commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” should repeal occur.

The Comprehensive Review Working Group will hold information exchange forums at several military installations around the world as one means to obtain the input of servicemembers and their families about issues associated with repeal of the law, including impacts, if any, on military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting/retention, and family readiness.

The forums will include 250-300 randomly selected servicemembers. Following the IEFs, working group members will conduct small focus groups with servicemembers to focus on specific questions.

The working group encourages participants to engage in an open and honest discussion. Participants should understand the law commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” remains in effect and servicemembers should not disclose confidential information at these events.

A plan of action to address the issues involved with implementation of repeal of the law will be submitted to the Secretary of Defense no later than Dec. 1.

The working group’s mission is not to engage in debate about whether to repeal the law. The mission is to gain a better understanding of how repeal might affect servicemembers and their families should repeal occur.

Servicemembers and their families can provide comments to the working group by using the online inbox at http://www.defense.gov/dadt. This website is common access card-enabled and is another way to communicate with the working group on issues associated with the repeal.

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