(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced yesterday that discharges for the four services – Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines – under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” continued to decline in 2009, down a third from the year before. DADT discharges totaled 428 in 2009 compared to 619 in 2008, according to data provided by the Department of Defense to Capitol Hill. The discharge numbers for the Coast Guard are not yet available.
“It’s very good news that discharges continue to drop during a time of two wars, particularly in 2009,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN. “But it is 428 too many. We need to see the number go to zero and will continue to urge Congress and the White House to pass full repeal in 2010 through the defense authorization bill to end this law once and for all.”