Thus, several hundreds of gays and lesbians on the 13,000 who were discharged contacted recruiters to re-enlist when the policy will be repealed on September 20th.
But Pentagon indicated that they will have to pass physical fitness tests and prove that they have skills the armed services need right now reports the New-York Times.
You will have understood it, there is no guarantee that they go back to their former jobs or ranks.
People discharged under DADT "will be evaluated according to the same criteria and requirements applicable to all others seeking re-entry into the military," said Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokeswoman. "The services will continue to base accessions of prior-service members on the needs of the service and the skills and qualifications of the applicants."
Ms. Lainez added that to be entitled to the re-enlisting, former service members cannot have been discharged under "other than honorable conditions" and fortunately, a majority received honorable discharges.