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Army invited attention to following article in this morning’s daily “Stand-To” e-mail.

Special forces wary of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

By Rowan Scarborough

The Washington Times

6:39 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2010

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EXTRACT: The working group’s report contained this observation: “These survey results reveal to us a misperception that a gay man does not ‘fit’ the image of a good warfighter – a misperception that is almost completely erased when a gay service member is allowed to prove himself alongside fellow warfighters.

“Anecdotally, we heard much the same. As one special-operations force warfighter told us, ‘We have a gay guy [in the unit]. He’s big, he’s mean, and he kills lots of bad guys. No one cared that he was gay.’ ”

Said Adm. Worthington: “It just depends on how they comport themselves. If they start breaking out the bows and the earrings in the barracks, that might cause a little trouble. That becomes a good order and discipline sort of thing. The services are going to have to tighten up on regulations.”