Tuesday September 7, 2010
What is it?
On Sept. 2 the Army launched a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Online Inbox on Army Knowledge Online available to Soldiers worldwide. The purpose of the inbox is to provide Soldiers the opportunity to share their comments and opinions on how repeal of Don't Ask, Don't tell law might affect military and family readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention.
What has the Army done?
The Army set up the inbox and will evaluate responses. Control measures will be used to safeguard identity of respondents. Inbox users are reminded that current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law remains in effect. Complete instructions for inbox use can be found on the inbox entry page on AKO. The inbox will remain open until Sept. 30, 2010, or until leadership decides the inbox has fulfilled its purpose.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army and the Defense Department regularly ask for feedback on a wide range of topics to better understand Soldier attitudes and opinions. In addition, DoD recently distributed a survey on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and an online inbox similar to the Army's online inbox.
Why is this important to the Army?
Army leadership, at all levels, values the input of the service's greatest resource, the Soldier. Army leaders want to know what Soldiers are thinking. It is vital the Army hears from as many Soldiers as possible to accurately gage opinions and perceptions of the impact of a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law should current law be repealed. Leaders are encouraged to promote the inbox at their units, commands, and installations.
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ABOUT THE ARMY
"…We really need the information. We are trying to get our arms around what the impact on the force is going to be and what the force is concerned about so we can prepare the appropriate policies and procedures to mitigate their concerns. And so we need their feedback if we can effectively do that. And so, that's what I told the force. We need to push it and get as many people to take this as we can."
- Chief of Staff of Army General George W. Casey Jr., encouraging troops to fill out their opinion on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Video: CSA on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey (00:24- 00:43)
"If you accept the things you can't change, then you won't suffer mentally from them later. Maybe we can make a more mentally aware Soldier, aware of his or her capabilities. Soldiers may be able to improve how they deal with the hardships and realities of combat because they can think through it."
- Staff Sgt. Marcus Gurule, master resilience trainer for C Company, 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry Regiment, emphasizes the aim of master resilience training as building mental toughness
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