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For God's sake, it is time to certify and get DADT off the books. It is shameful to have even had this law in the first place. The fact it now exists as a potential loophole for some to use to get out of their service commitments, versus having service commands deal with any harassment, and set the proper command climate to prevent any nonsense, is ridiculous.

The Pentagon confirmed Monday that more service members have been discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” pending certification of the policy’s repeal, with one individual’s discharge approved as recently as Thursday.

A total of four airmen have been discharged under the policy in the last several weeks, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez confirmed Monday.

One of those individuals is Airman First Class Albert Pisani, who spoke to The Advocate earlier this month of his voluntary separation under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which defense officials approved on April 29.
When I was in boot camp, I witnessed one racial incident caused by a guy in my company. He decided to use the "N-word" to describe some of our African American shipmates. I only witnessed ONE, mind you, because the sailor responsible for it payed DEARLY for it via our Company Commander. It NEVER happened again. Trust me. The military knows how to set the proper command climate when trained and directed. There are far too many of us gay and lesbian veterans who had our careers cut short, and dreamed of having the right to remain in the service, for this "certification process" to be dragged out further.

If troops want out of their service commitments then they can use the other options available to get out. At this point, the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" route to ending one's service needs to be closed. Certify!

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