For example, he has Admiral Mike Mullen serving with gay soldiers since 1968. What do you bet those were actually sailors. Did the Admiral perhaps say service members?
Then Mr Jackson talked about "the individual commanders of the Marines, the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force" testify on Capitol Hill. The only problem is, the Chiefs of Staff are not commanders. It is an important point. It is about our civil military relations. Way back in 1958, then President Dwight D Eisenhower asked Congress to take the Chiefs of Staff out of the Chain of Command, which subsequently ran from the individual service units up through the Unified and Specified Commanders—the Combatant Commanders in the words of Congress and Title 10—to the Secretary of Defense and the President.
The one place where Mr Jackson really missed the boat was in his last paragraph:
While “don’t ask’’ is not yet dead, the burial is in sight. This is no longer your 1993 military waving the white flag at paranoia. America is deciding that soldiers are not to be judged by their sexual orientation, but by their character on the battlefield.He didn't mention the US Congress, which has to repeal DADT♠ and associated activities banned by the UCMJ.♥ While one might think that this would be easy for the US Congress, I have my doubts. If we are looking for the last holdouts, they are on Capitol Hill and they aren't all Republicans.
Doesn't the Department of Defense Public Affairs Division run some sort of "boot camp" for reporters?
Regards — Cliff
♠ Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
♥ Uniform Code of Military Justice.