Army discharged 11 soldiers in January because of DADT.

Last week, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) proposed repealing the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning gay men and women from serving openly. Since its enactment in 1994, the policy has “cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of service men and women…including approximately 800 with skills deemed ‘mission critical.” Today, in “the first in a series of monthly releases” highlighting the impact of the policy, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) revealed that 11 soldiers were discharged for being gay in January:

“At a time when our military’s readiness is strained to the breaking point from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed forces continue to discharge vital service members under the outdated, outmoded ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,” said Moran. … “[H]ow many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure? I’m going to keep releasing this information each month until DADT is repealed.”

Matt Finkelstein