Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy Law and Legal Definition

The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy refers to the U.S. military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy that prohibits anyone who demonstrates a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts from serving in the armed forces. The reason for prohibition was that it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.

The following is the federal law on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy:

A member of the armed forces shall be separated from the armed forces under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense if that the member has engaged in, attempted to engage in, or solicited another to engage in a homosexual act or acts. [10 USCS § 654].

The U.S. President signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 on 2010 December