October 19th, 2010
05:39 PM ET

Military recruiters told they can accept openly gay applicants

Adam Levine

Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The guidance from the Personnel and Readiness office was sent to recruiting commands on Friday, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Smith.

The recruiters were told that if a candidate admits he or she is openly gay, and qualify under normal recruiting guidelines, their application can be processed. Recruiters are not allowed to ask candidates if they are gay as part of the application process.

The notice also reminded recruiters that they have to "manage expectations" of applicants by informing them that a reversal of the court decision might occur, whereby the "don't ask, don't tell" policy could be reinstated, Smith said.

Federal Judge Virginia Phillips in California is expected to decide Tuesday whether she will stay her injunction against "don't ask, don't tell" at the request of the government, which is appealing her ruling.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Hope "don't ask don't tell" is not turned over – I do not see where sexual preference is a disqualifying characteristic for any job. All hiring Should be done by who the best qualified is. I admire the people who signed up again today even though they had been dismissed once already from the service – if someone wants to serve in the military they should be able with.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:52 am |
  2. teresa, ohio

    I think the whole issue could be resolved if someone would clarify: what do you mean by "openly gay"? If someone tells me they are gay, it means nothing to me. If someone tells me they are openly gay and hitting on coworkers during work hours, we have a problem, dont we?

    Life is simple: clarify what OPENLY GAY means.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |