Top Aide to Commander David Petraeus In Afghanastan: If You Can’t Serve With Gays, Get The Hell Out Of the Army

Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, a senior aide to NATO’s Afghanistan commander David Petraeus in an interview that airs tomorrow on Washington Watch came out with a strong statement in support of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), saying that servicemembers who can’t adjust to the change should think about leaving the military.

“If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they’re going to have to do what’s best for their troops and best for the organization and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward — if that’s the way that we have to go. … We know that if there is a change, that that change will have to be led, and it’s going to have to be led by senior leaders such as myself and — and others across the battlefield. Senior leaders are the ones [that are] going to set the tone in the unit and enable the unit to move forward.”

THANK YOU Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill.

It’s truly about time someone in the military, instead of excuses that it’s too hard or too complicated to enact laid out the fact that it’s the role of leadership to lead and implement change as well as management, regardless and that if they can’t do it than don’t be in the leadership position.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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