With efforts focused on education, policy, training and communication, the Pentagon released it’s plan to implement the repeal of DADT. Military service secretaries have until March 1st to issue their first update on progress.
From the Washington Blade: The plan breaks down the path for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal into four stages: pre-repeal, certification, implementation and sustainment.
In the pre-repeal phase, activities include Tier 1 and Tier 2 level training of military leadership and reporting to Obama administration officials on the progress of implementation. For example, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness must have a monthly meeting and report to the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the status of repeal.
To reach the certification phase, the Repeal Implementation Team must provide appropriate documentation to the defense secretary and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and provide their recommendation to the president.
The actual repeal won’t occur until the President, Defense Secretary and chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff certify military readiness. There will then be a 60 day waiting period before the law is legally declared null and void.
Step by step, it’s progress.