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Gates' announcement will focus on regulatory changes that can be made at the Pentagon without the approval of Congress, which has been debating whether to change the policy.
Gates' announcement will focus on regulatory changes that can be made at the Pentagon without the approval of Congress,
The official said one of the changes will be that outings by third parties may no longer be clear grounds for initiating separation proceedings, especially if it is proven that the person making the allegation has a grudge against the military member.
• The Pentagon will raise the level of the officer authorized to start a fact-finding inquiry or separation proceeding as a result of alleged homosexual conduct to a general or flag officer in the accused service member's chain of command.
• Only a lieutenant colonel, Navy commander or higher ranking officer will be authorized to conduct a fact-finding inquiry.
• Only a general or flag officer in an accused service member's chain of command will be authorized to initiate expulsion proceedings.