CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Huffington Post has reported that Marines are engaged in sessions to deal with the upcoming lift of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” from military life.

During training instructors provide soldiers with scenarios on dealing with gays and sought responses to the scenes to help in understanding how to best deal with changes that are on the horizon.

Lt. Col. Ken Kelsay asked the class how they would deal with finding out that one of their own was seen at a gay bar and word got back to the squad commander. One respondent said that going to a gay bar was not punishable. Verbatim training is part of the ongoing protocol that is being instituted to deal with gays in the military once DADT is a thing of the past historically. The training is not presented from a position of “personal beliefs on religion or homosexuality,” Kelsay added. It is being held across the U.S., on ships, as well as abroad.

Of course, DADT is far from over. Due diligence has to be done on assuring that the repeal will not hurt “military readiness.” It would be followed by a waiting period of 60 days. Once that is satisfied, the policy ceases. All this should occur by early September if schedules are met.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.