Pentagon to recruiters: While DADT is gone, you have to accept the gays

Remember last week, in the wake of the DADT decision, when Omar Lopez, who had been discharged under DADT, tried to re-enlist, but was turned down?

This week, since DADT is not in effect, the Pentagon is accepting gay recruits:

A Pentagon spokeswoman says recruiters have been told that they must accept gay applicants, following a federal court decision striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said Tuesday that top-level guidance has been issued to recruiting commands informing them that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule has been suspended for now. Recruiters also have been told to inform potential recruits that the moratorium could be reversed at any point.

You know, I just don’t see the Pentagon as honest brokers on this issue. Never have. Never will.

I’m sure we’ll be reading some leak somewhere about how this decision is undermining the Working Group’s agenda and throwing off the whole process. That’s how the Pentagon operates — through well placed leaks, which flaks like Cynthia Smith can deny having any knowledge of.

Gates thought he was going to control this whole process. He’s been running the show and calling the shots — til now.

UPDATE @ 2:29 PM: To make this story even more interesting, Dan Choi just tweeted:

I’m headed to the Times Square Recruiting Station. #DADT

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