According to the Pentagon, they haven't discharged anyone under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy since October 21. Multiple sources have said that's a first since the policy began. While that's good news, SLDN brings us back to earth:
A month without "don't ask, don't tell" discharges was welcome news, said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Still, the organization continues to hear daily from military personnel who are under investigation for being gay and face the possibility of being fired.
"We have clients who are still under investigation, who are still having to respond, and in fact we have a client under investigation right now under suicide watch," Sarvis said. "So 'don't ask, don't tell' has not gone away."
The guy who was the first person discharged under DADT has used that distinction to help agitate for repeal of the policy. Can you imagine being the last person discharged? If I was the one cut loose on October 21, I'd be pissed as can be that a paperwork snafu didn't delay the process by one more day. Wouldn't you?