DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL LAW REPEALED

Date Signed: 9/20/2011
ALMARS Active Number: 036/11

R 200401Z SEP 11
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 036/11
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS //
SUBJ/DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL LAW REPEALED//
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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THIS ALMAR NOTIFIES ALL MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL THAT THE LAW COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL" (10 USC SEC. 654) IS REPEALED EFFECTIVE 20 SEPTEMBER 2011.
2.  WE HAVE COMPLETED THE TRAINING REQUIRED, AND MADE NECESSARY CHANGES TO REGULATIONS AND POLICIES TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY IMPLEMENT THE REPEAL AND CONFORM WITH ITS MANDATE.  I AM CONFIDENT ALL MARINES WILL FAITHFULLY ABIDE BY AND UPHOLD THE LAW.
3.  SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF REPEAL DEPENDS ON ENGAGED LEADERSHIP - AT ALL LEVELS.  LEADERS MUST SET THE EXAMPLE BY BEING FULLY COMMITTED TO SUSTAINING UNIT EFFECTIVENESS, READINESS, AND COHESION, AND MAINTAINING GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE.
4.  I EXPECT ALL MARINES WILL CONTINUE TO TREAT EACH OTHER WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.  THESE FUNDAMENTAL MARINE CORPS PRINCIPLES HAVE NOT CHANGED NOR WILL THEY CHANGE.   MARINES WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO CHANGE THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.  MARINES WILL, HOWEVER, CONTINUE TO RESPECT THOSE POSSESSING DIFFERENT VIEWS AND BELIEFS.  ALL MARINES WILL BE HELD TO THE SAME STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.
5.  THE MARINE CORPS WILL CONTINUE TO DEMONSTRATE THE DISCIPLINE AND LOYALTY THAT HAS BEEN THE HALLMARK OF OUR CORPS FOR OVER 235 YEARS.
6.  THIS APPLIES TO THE MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE.
7.  SEMPER FIDELIS. JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//