Major Daryl Desimone, a marine instructor, trained troops on the new protocol for gays serving in the military. The death of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will bring a new set of concerns for the troops in which the instructor addressed. Desimone sent a clear message that while it is fine to disagree, it is not fine to disobey orders. “It’s not really open to discussion,” Desimone said. “Nobody’s trying to change your mind.” He explained that just like a troop’s politics and religion, sexual orientation will be a person’s private business.
Some troops were concerned about living situations. They wondered if they could switch barracks and shower separately if given a gay roommate. Major Desimonde stated that Marines will not be given separate sleeping arrangements or showers based on sexual orientation. In certain instances to preserve peace, separate rooms may be given. The same is done when roommates are arguing.
Some Marines even asked about discharging early when the law passes. Daryl Desimonde nipped that in the bud saying, “You can’t just walk up and say, ‘I don’t like this. I’m outa here.”
Not everyone is so uncomfortable. Cpl. Vannessa Huff said a Marine’s sexual orientation is irrelevant in combat. “It would matter that I would save their lives, and they would save mine,” Huff said. “We all wear the same uniform.”
All Marines are to respect each others rights after the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. It will go into effect 60 days after the president and others decide that lifting the ban won’t hurt the military’s ability to fight.