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Critics, however, say they are just following orders, and a recent survey showed many troops reporting a rise in tension.
On the Joint Chiefs of Staff, even the most outspoken opponent of lifting the ban said he is satisfied with the progress so far.
He said he heard little from Marines about serving with openly gay troops, even though a Defense Department survey before the Sept. 20 repeal showed Marines were the most opposed to the change, compared with the other three branches of the military.
The policy, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” was adopted during the administration of President Clinton to allow gay troops to serve as long as they kept their sexual orientation private.
“All Marines, sailors and civilian Marines, regardless of sexual orientation, are Marines first. Every Marine is a valued member of our war-fighting team.”
He said Marines are expected to treat each other with “dignity and respect” and “faithfully uphold the law.”
A recent survey by the Military Times newspaper, however, showed a rise in tensions in units with troops who declared themselves to be gay.
The online poll from Sept. 26 to Oct. 11 found that 26 percent of the newspaper’s active-duty readers reported higher stress levels working with openly gay colleagues.
“Official claims that implementation is going well are self-serving and premature. Obeying orders is standard procedure. No one expected anything else,” she said.
“Still, the Department of Defense does not know what it is doing. Legally required regulations have not been submitted to Congress, and there are no metrics or mechanisms for tracking data on sexual orientation.
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