Late Friday, Headquarters Marine Corps released the following three-minute video featuring Commandant Gen. Jim Amos and his top enlisted adviser, Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, discussing the imminent repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, which since the 1990s has prohibited military service by men and women who are openly homosexual.
The pair explain that the service has established an operational planning team that’s working with the Defense Department “to determine the best way forward.” They do not specify any forthcoming changes or indicate what the timetable is for implementation.
However, both lean heavily on leaders throughout the ranks — “from junior Marines to the most senior,” Kent says — to spread word that as the law is changed, Marines must “continue to treat one another with dignity and respect.”
“As always,” Kent says, “engaged leadership will be the key to implementation.”