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**FILE** Gen. James F. Amos is commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. (Associated Press)

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Marine Gen. James Amos visits Combat Outpost Geronimo in southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

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Gen. James F. Amos (left), commandant of the Marine Corps, confers with Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, as they take a break from testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday about progress toward ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays serving in the military. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Adm. Gary Roughead (left), chief of naval operations, and Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps commandant, testify to the House Armed Services Committee about ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for homosexuals. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Gen. James F. Amos, the new commandant of the Marine Corps, fears the impact on unit cohesion and combat effectiveness of repealing "don't ask, don't tell." (Associated Press)

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Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos made it clear that he opposes allowing open homosexuals in the military. (Associated Press)

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US Marines Gen. James F. Amos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination for reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Marine Gen. James Amos arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination for reappointment to the grade of general and as commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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US Marines Gen. James F. Amos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination for reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listen as US Marines Gen. James F. Amos, back to camera, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, before the committee's hearing on Amos' reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., stands next to US Marines Gen. James F. Amos in a waiting room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, prior to the start of the committee's hearing on Amos' reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)