Lt. Dan Choi’s finally dismissed from the military. Choi, a vocal critic of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy who we profiled last year, received an honorable discharge this week.
Choi joins more than 13,500 gay Army personnel who’ve been discharged since the policy took effect in 1994.
Even though people of color make up only 30 percent of the military, 45 percent of troops discharged under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2008 were people of color.
“This is both an infuriating and painful announcement,” Choi told CNN. “But my service continues. … Remaining silent when our family and community members are fired or punished for who they truly are would be an unequivocal moral dereliction that tarnishes the honor of the uniform and insults the meaning of America.”
A first-generation Korean American, Choi would have made an ideal solider
. He’s a 2003 West Point graduate who’s fluent in Arabic and led an infantry platoon while serving in Iraq.
The Obama administration has vowed to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and a bill that would do the job is set to be reviewed by Congress in December.
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