It’s a return to service for gay soldier Jase Daniels

U.S. Navy man twice discharged under Don't Ask Don't Tell policy will return to military as a linguist

It’s a return to service for gay soldier Jase Daniels
13 December 2011

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels was sworn back into the United States Navy on Monday after twice being discharged for being gay.

Daniels was booted from the military in April 2005 and again in March 2007 under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that prevented military personnel from serving of they were openly gay.

'Today, I took an oath and affirmed to defend the Constitution of the United States of America,' Daniels stated. 'I am humbled as I am reinstated to the job I love and by the enormous support I have received on this momentous day. I look forward to returning to the Defense Language Institute and ultimately, my career in the military.'

The Don't Ask Don't Tell policy officially ended in September after nearly 18 years and the discharge of nearly 14,000 troops.

SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis said the reinstatement of Petty Officer Daniels underscores that all qualified and needed service members are now officially welcomed back into the ranks. 

'The new policy and regulations in this post-repeal era make this historic occasion possible,' he said in a statement.

The SLDN said it continues to work with clients and the military to facilitate more reinstatements for those who want to serve again.

Daniels, now 29,  entered the military five months before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

He served his first tour of duty with the Ceremonial Guard in Washington, D.C., where he represented the U.S. at official White House ceremonies and during state and military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

Discharge proceedings were initiated against him after he completed Hebrew linguist training while stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia. It was while there that he came to terms with his sexuality and came out to his commander.

The next year, he was recalled him to service and was stationed in Kuwait for a year with the U.S. Navy Customs Battalion Romeo.  Despite the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law being in effect, Daniels served for a year before he was agains discharged under the law.

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