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Gates: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Have Minimal Impact on Military

Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- While the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell policy" was repealed by Congress last December, gay and lesbian service personnel can't openly serve yet because the military is still in the process of implementing the transition.

In Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told American troops at Camp Liberty in Baghdad Thursday that he believes soldiers will treat each other with "dignity, respect and discipline" when the ban on revealing one's sexual orientation is finally dropped.

Gates, who was making his last visit to Iraq as defense chief, says the overall changes will be minimal.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos was also asked about the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal by a House panel on Capitol Hill and had pretty much the same opinion as Gates.

After a visit to troops in Afghanistan, Amos said that the primary concern of Marines he talked to was fighting the enemy and not worrying about if a comrade is gay or lesbian.

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