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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in an Overstretched Army

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in an Overstretched Army

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in an Overstretched Army

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in an Overstretched Army

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Over the past five years, the number of military discharges of openly gay soldiers has fallen by 40 percent. Are straight soldiers and commanders becoming more accepting of gay soldiers, or is the need for warm bodies in the military so dire they're willing to overlook sexual orientation?

Alex Cohen reports about inconsistencies in the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and profiles a gay soldier.