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Missouri National Guard reacts to Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" paves the way for thousands of gay and lesbian individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.

The Missouri National Guard says it has been preparing for the repeal for some time.

Major Tammy Spicer says everyone in the guard underwent training to comply with the repeal.

While Major Spicer did not say how many military members from Missouri were removed because of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, she says any of the more than 14,000 members removed from the military under the law can now reenlist.

And she says the process will be the same as it would be for any other person wanting to reenlist.

"Any person who got out of the military for any reason should see their recruiter if they want to reenlist," Maj. Spicer said. "It doesn't matter if it was due to Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

She also says guard members probably won't notice much change, if any, in how their units are run.

She also says, even before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, everyone was taught to treat their fellow guardsmen with respect.

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