Navy set training for don't ask, don't tell repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy says it plans to finish training its sailors on the new law allowing gays to serve openly by the end of June, a schedule the Navy secretary says he is comfortable they can meet.
Ray Mabus says he has been assured by Navy leaders that key commanders and training teams can be ready to go by the end of April, and they will train their sailors by June 30.
The Navy is the first of the military services to release its training schedule and plans. A message to the force from Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, says three-person teams will do the bulk of the training in face-to-face sessions. Sailors in remote locations will be able to access electronic or Web-based training.
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