WASHINGTON, July 11 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Five former U.S. military academy graduates will launch an exclusive blog conversation today calling on Pentagon leaders to support repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel. The graduates in the blog series are all openly gay and several were discharged under the gay ban. Their posts begin today at http:// www.sldn.org/blog.Reuters news service recently reported that applications to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., were down more than 20 percent and Air Force Academy applications had declined more than 22 percent. Applicants to West Point also declined, down nearly 10 percent this year. "Applications declined from 11,881 last year to 10,774 this year at West Point and from 12,430 last year to 9,604 this year at the Air Force Academy. . . . The Naval Academy released figures as of January 31, the deadline for applications, showing them falling from 13,922 at the same time last year to 11,140 this year," Reuters reported.
As Enrollment Declines, Military Academy Grads Call On Services to Support Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
"As I read about the downturn that the services are seeing in recruiting and the academies are seeing in applican...