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Posted on: Friday, May 7, 2010

Hawaii hears that Army may accept comments on Ďdonít ask, donít tellí


By MARK NIESSE
Associated Press

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii ó Army Secretary John McHugh says the military is considering a system for soldiers to anonymously express their opinions about the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay troops.

McHugh spoke at Hawaii's Schofield Barracks on Friday at the end of a seven-day listening tour through Alaska, South Korea and Japan, where he met with soldiers and their families.

He says he's not ready to draw any conclusions about how the Army should change its policy on gays.

McHugh intends to make a recommendation by the end of the year.

Any policy change would have to come from Congress. Until then, federal law prohibits service members from discussing their sexual orientation.