the deal is that former and current service members can get back pay,
if they were involuntarily extended on active duty because of surprise
stop-loss clauses from Sept. 11, 2001, through Sept. 30, 2008.
(The Obama administration made this happen; the prior administration didn't want to pay the troops.)
History was made when the nation’s top uniformed officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee
that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military.
We must get rid of today’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, said Mullen, because
it’s simply “the right thing to do.”
Well, it’s about time. It was a mistake on Bill Clinton’s part to adopt that
policy in the first place, way back in 1993. My only questions are: What took
them so long to get this far? And now that the Pentagon recognizes that getting
rid of the old Clinton policy is the right thing to do, why’s it going to take
so long to change it?
Maybe popular thinking is wrong. It's entirely possible that when President Barack Obama advocated doing away with "Don't ask, don't tell” the other night, the Joint Chiefs of Staff generals were not being stoic, they were stunned — too panicked to move. It wasn't military bearing, it was fear.
Why? It's not as if the president was proposing that the services' chaplain be required to perform gay marriages, simply that we get real about the present policy about the non-straight orientation in our armed forces, which is basically "If you got it, don’t flaunt it.”
Hey, it's good that the current administration supports the troops.
You might recall that the prior presidency, um, forgot to pay a lot of them for some of their service.
The good news is that stop-loss pay starts flowing on Dec. 16.