Reenlisting After DADT, by Jeremy Johnson

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


Jeremy Johnson was discharged under DADT in May 2007.  On September 22, 2011, two days after the repeal, he became the first DADT dischargee in the country to return to uniform by enlisting in the US Navy Reserve.

Jeremy was discharged because he spoke up and told his story to his commanding offer.  He no longer felt comfortable sitting in silence when the battle for Equal rights was heating up. The same commanding officer showed up to publicly administer the oath of enlistment 4.5 years later at the reenlistment ceremony in Baltimore.

Living in Maryland, Jeremy is now speaking up and pushing forward with thousands of others to win full Marriage Equality for his state when it goes up for vote in November.


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