DADT advocate redeployed

I don’t think anyone has covered Lt. Dan Choi in this space. He’s a West Point graduate and Arabic translater discharged under the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for repealing the ban on such platforms as the Rachel Maddow Show, a march on Washington, and the San Fransisco Pride Parade, which he was grand marshal of.

Now, surprisingly, he has been redeployed:

 “Apparently, Lt. Choi’s commander has always been in full support of him, and even after Lt. Choi came out on The Rachel Maddow Show, his commander did not press for his discharge,” writes Jeff Sheng, who posted pictures of Choi in training. “The military did eventually serve Lt. Choi a discharge notification – essentially firing him from his job, but he was allowed to fight this at trial, and as it currently stands, the discharge has not been finalized.”

“Given the current state of how DADT is in such flux, and also, in my opinion, the prominence and celebrity of Lt. Choi, his discharge might never be fully enforced,” adds Sheng.

Even if repeal of DADT takes years, individual commanders are willing not to enforce it. This is good news.


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