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Department of Defense (DOD) Homosexual Conduct Policy. DoD Homosexual Conduct Policy. Training Objective: To apprise leaders of current DoD policy on homosexual conduct. DoD Homosexual Conduct Policy. At conclusion of session, you will be able to: State basic points of DoD policy

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dod homosexual conduct policy
DoDHomosexual Conduct Policy

Training Objective:

To apprise leaders of current DoD policy on homosexual conduct.

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DoDHomosexual Conduct Policy

At conclusion of session, you will be able to:

  • State basic points of DoD policy
  • Define sexual orientation
  • Define homosexual conduct
  • State Commander’s responsibilities
  • Describe characteristics of credible information
  • List staff resources who can provide assistance
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DoDHomosexual Conduct Policy
  • Implements 10 U.S. Code § 654
  • Implements DoD Policy, DoD Directives 1332.14; 1332.30
  • Policy is a balance between the legal prohibition of homosexual conduct and the privacy rights of soldiers
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DoDHomosexual Conduct Policy

The suitability of persons to serve in the Armed Forces is based on their conduct and their ability to meet required standards of duty performance and discipline

Homosexual conduct is grounds for barring entry into the Armed Forces and for separation

Sexual Orienation is NOT a bar to enlistment or to continued service

what does the law say
What does the Law Say?
  • “A member of the Armed Forces shall be separated if one of the following findings is made:
    • “the member has engaged in, attempted to engage in, or solicited another to engage in a homosexual act or acts
    • “the member has stated that he or she is a homosexual or bisexual, or words to that effect
    • “the member has married or attempted to marry a person known to be of the same biological sex.”
what are the limits on inquires into homosexual conduct

What are the Limits on Inquires into Homosexual Conduct?”

Applicants for enlistment will not be asked nor required to reveal their sexual orientation.

Applicants for enlistment will not be asked if they have engaged in homosexual conduct.

Only a service member’s commander is authorized to initiate fact finding inquires involving homosexual conduct.

A commander may initiate a fact-finding inquiry only when he or she has received credible information that there is a basis for discharge.

what happens if a member tells others that he she is homosexual or a bisexual
What Happens if a Member Tells Others that he/she is Homosexual or a Bisexual
  • If a service member makes a statement that he or she is a homosexual or bisexual, or makes other statements indicating a propensity to engage in homosexual acts, the member’s commander may initiate an inquiry to determine whether that member should be discharged.
  • Discharge is not required if it is determined that the service member made the statement for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service.
what is credible information that can trigger a fact finding inquiry
What is Credible Information that can Trigger a Fact-finding Inquiry?
  • A statement by a reliable person that a service member has:
    • engaged or solicited another to engage in a homosexual act or said that he/she is homosexual or bisexual
    • observed or heard the member make any other statement that a reasonable person would believe was intended to convey that the member has a propensity to engage in homosexual acts
    • observed behavior by a member that amounts to a non-verbal statement that he/she is homosexual or bisexual.
what is not credible information
What Is Not Credible Information?
  • Rumors, suspicious, or capricious claims that a service member is homosexual
  • Others opinions that a service member is homosexual
  • Going to a homosexual bar, reading homosexual publications, associating with known homosexuals or marching in homosexual rights rallies in civilian clothes
  • Reports by a service member of being harassed on the basis of perceived homosexual orientation
what are grounds for a fact finding inquiry
What are Grounds for a Fact-finding Inquiry?
  • Credible information must exist.
  • A commander must have a reasonable belief that a service member has:
    • Engaged or solicited to engage in a homosexual act
    • Stated that he or she is a homosexual or otherwise indicated a propensity to engage in homosexual conduct
    • Married or attempted to marry a person of the same sex
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DoDHomosexual Conduct Policy
  • What should a commander do if the fails to verify that a member engaged in homosexual conduct?
    • Terminate the Inquiry
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DoDHomosexual Conduct Policy
  • What should a commander do if the inquiry verifies that a member did engage in act(s) of homosexual conduct?
    • Seek legal advice on initiating administrative separation proceedings or UCMJ action
substantial investigation
Substantial Investigation
  • The initiation of any substantial investigation into whether a service member stated that he\she was homosexual or bisexual for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service must be approved at the Army/Air Secretariat level..
  • Definition of substantial investigation: Any investigation that extends beyond questioning the member, individuals suggested by the member for interview and the member’s immediate chain of command.
august 1999 procedural changes
August 1999 Procedural Changes
  • Judge Advocates will consult senior legal officers at a higher HQ prior to the initiation of an investigation.
  • Initiation of substantial investigations into whether a member has stated that he\she is a homosexual for the purpose avoiding or terminating service requires approval at the secretarial level.
  • The IG will inspect homosexual conduct policy training.
zero tolerance for harassment
Zero Tolerance for Harassment
  • Definition: Derogatory, abusive, threatening or annoying behavior directed toward an individual or group.
  • Possible types of harassment
    • Verbal (on or off duty)
    • Jody calls regarding homosexuals
    • Derogatory, abusive, threatening or annoying language or references about homosexuals
    • Graffiti in latrines, bulletin boards, etc.
    • Anonymous threats; telephonic, electronic, etc.
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Harassment

  • All service members will be treated with dignity and respect and will be afforded a safe and secure environment in which to live and work.
  • Harassment for any reason, to include perceived or alleged homosexuality, will not be tolerated.
  • Commanders at every level will take appropriate action to prevent harassment of or threats against any member of the National Guard.
what can a service member do if threatened harassed or accused of being homosexual
What Can a Service Member Do If Threatened, Harassed or Accused of Being Homosexual?
  • Report harassment at once to the commander
  • Commanders will take appropriate action to protect the safety of members who report threats or harassment.
summary
Summary
  • Sexual Orientation is a private/personal matter
  • Conduct determines suitability for service
  • Homosexual conduct is justification for administrative separation