This is an important step in the repeal of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell: a video from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, General James F Amos, alongside the Sergeant-Major of the USMC, Carlton W Kent, in which they describe the process to Marines as DADT Repeal is implemented throughout the Corps.
AMOS: Marines, sailors, for the past decade we’ve engaged in constant combat operations. Today, we serve our nation at a critical time in its history; a challenging time, but we’ve been up to every task. Our fidelity to one another is our moral compass that guides us. It is the foundation of what being a Marine is all about. Above all else, we are loyal to the constitution, our commander-in-chief, Congress, our chain of command, and the American people.
KENT: The repeal of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell will take effect after our nation’s senior leadership has determined an appropriate time-line for implementation. Currently, we have an operational planning team working with the department of Defense to determine the best way forward.
AMOS: The Marine Corps exists to defend our nation. We are a nation of laws. We are committed to our oath and core values to abide by these laws. Our success as Marines has always been grounded in the quality of our leadership, from general officers to small unit leaders.
KENT: Throughout the history of our Corps, Marines have always been perfectionists, carrying on our warrior ethos and maintaining our Corps’ values. The Marine Corps is a diverse force and all have earned the privilege to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor. As Marines, we are confident you will continue to treat each other with dignity and respect. The Commandant and I have trust in the great leadership of our Corps, from junior Marines to the most senior. As always, engaged leadership will be the key to implementation.
AMOS: I want to be clear to all Marines: we will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law. It’s important that we value the diversity of background, culture, and skills that all Marines bring to the service of our nation. As we implement repeal, I want leaders at all levels to re-emphasize the importance of maintaining dignity and respect for one another throughout our force. We are Marines: we care for one another and respect the rights of all who wear this uniform. We will continue to demonstrate to the American people that discipline and fidelity, which have been the hallmarks of the United States Marine Corps for more than two hundred and thirty five years, will continue well into the future.
GRAPHIC: Semper Fidelis Marines.