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Ending 'Don't ask, don't tell' is about more than gays in the military
Ending 'Don't ask, don't tell' is about more than gays in the military

Tuesday marked the end of the Pentagon's nearly two-decade policy barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual people from military service. The death of "Don't ask, don't tell" is a big win for the LGBT rights community, but it may be an even bigger win for the nation's military and the communities that play host to major military installations. That's because the end of this discriminatory policy may go a long way toward dispelling the notion that there is a sharp divide between the culture of the military and that of society at large. Since the shift to an all-volunteer force in 1973, there has been widespread concern about an emerging cultural gap...

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