8/11/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force leaders want to ensure all Airmen are prepared for the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law Sept. 20.
Airmen can access the DADT Repeal training through the Advanced Distributed Learning Service link on the Air Force Portal, said Col. Jeff White, Air Force Directorate of Force Development's Air Force Learning Division chief.
"We are committed to completing this training and have made significant progress, with 100 percent of all Airmen in Basic Military Training, more than 97 percent of the active duty force, and nearly 93 percent of the Reserve component complete," White said.
The training helps Airmen understand what is expected in a post-repeal environment, White added.
Air Force officials placed emphasis on those Airmen who have not completed training and consider the training an integral part of a smooth transition once the repeal goes into effect.
"Completing this training is important to our success. Leadership at all levels must be engaged to ensure completion," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. "With steadfast leadership, Secretary Donley and I are confident the high level of professionalism, respect, dignity and discipline of our Airmen will remain unchanged after repeal."
Additional information is available for review by all Airmen on the Air Force Portal and at local judge advocate offices.
On July 22, President Barack Obama certified to Congress that the U.S. armed forces were prepared for repeal of the DADT law. This certification started a 60-day waiting period until the repeal becomes effective.
9/18/2011 10:49:16 PM ET Gay American here. No gay Airman cares if you understand approve or have prayed about this many times. I served in silence and came out more than ok wasn't nice to always be under the gun of a fellow Airman with a backwoods attitude who might start a ball rolling that would destroy my career and cause me to lose years of service toward retirement. These attitudes no longer have bearing on the young men and women serving. Good for you So my backwood friends get ready to have your steriotypes blown away. These men are Spartans we'll see the true cowards now. They have served even at their peril for years always a chance to lose everything. Can all of you matchup to us I wonder backwoods boys. Cheers and congrats Air Force.
Gary B Stanfill MSgt USAF Retired, Phoenix Arizona
8/30/2011 11:14:47 AM ET If people were focused on their jobs 24/7, there would be no time for any sexuals.
Barny is right, USA
8/17/2011 4:07:40 PM ET i agrees with barny. preach on, brother, preach on.
Barnys distant relative, Barnys neighbor
8/17/2011 4:05:29 PM ET Barney is droppin' some serious knowledge. Straight out the crooked letter state.
Barney Supporter, Barney's neighborhood
8/17/2011 3:22:49 PM ET I don't know why this was pushed so hard. The military is a different kind of animal than the rest of the world. The military discrimates every day based upon sex which, if done in the real world, would be illegal. They have different height/weight PT scores, minimum job standards. No one seems to care about this obvious discrimination. There are many things that are against the rules in the military that no one would even blink in the civilian world. Are we going to change all those too? So what happens if hermaphrodites want in? Transvestites? Transexuals? Where do you draw the line?
Jim, Fairchild AFB
8/15/2011 7:25:55 PM ET Well, showering is going to have to change to be fair to all sexual oreintations. Some will be mad, some will be happy, but will be able to take the balance as long as everyone gets fair entertainment. Without this kind of measure there will chaos within the force as it will become unstable due to the MEO complaints.
Test Subject 122, Dod Labs
8/15/2011 9:52:36 AM ET Why all these boys is gittin sexuals for each other all of a sudden? Sexuals without no women just ain't right. I don't want no man gittin a sexual for me.