Guidance Provided to Sailors on DADT Repeal Provision


The Navy released NAVADMIN 041/11 Feb. 4 to provide Sailors with additional information and guidance following the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.

The message, which is the second in what will be a series of NAVADMINs to inform leadership and Sailors on the subject, details a three-tiered approach to how training will be conducted across the fleet in order to provide for a smooth transition once the final repeal has been issued.

The chief of naval operations (CNO) has designated Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command as the executive agent for delivery and tracking of the education and training and OPNAV N1 as the executive agent for the development of content.

“The path to repeal of DADT requires informed and proactive leadership at every level. I will ensure you remain fully informed as we progress. I am counting on each of you to ensure that throughout this implementation period we do what we have always done: conduct ourselves with the highest level of professionalism and treat our shipmates with respect,” said CNO Adm. Gary Roughead.

Command leadership teams will be used to implement training throughout the fleet, ensuring revised policies and standards of conduct are understood.

Sailors are reminded that the current DADT policy remains in effect. The final repeal will not occur until 60 days after the president, secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs certify to Congress that the repeal can be made in a manner consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces. Additionally, no policies, regulations or benefits will change until 60 days after the final repeal.

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