The policy was issued under Department of Defense Directive This relaxation of legal restrictions on service by gays and lesbians in the armed forces was mandated by United States federal law Pub. The act prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing their sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. The act specified that service members who disclose that they are homosexual or engage in homosexual conduct should be separated discharged except when a service member's conduct was "for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service" or when it "would not be in the best interest of the armed forces". The "don't ask" part of the DADT policy specified that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member's orientation without witnessing disallowed behaviors, though credible evidence of homosexual behavior could be used to initiate an investigation. Unauthorized investigations and harassment of suspected servicemen and women led to an expansion of the policy to "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue, don't harass".
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The killings, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. Military jets also launched air strikes on a village in territory controlled by an armed group from the Karen ethnic minority and at least two people were killed, a civil society group said. Earlier, the Karen National Union said it had overrun an army post near the Thai border, killing 10 people — including a lieutenant colonel — and losing one of its own fighters as tensions with the military surged after years of relative peace. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. Demonstrators turned out on Saturday in Yangon, Mandalay and other towns, as they have done almost daily since the Feb. The Myanmar Now news portal said people were killed across the country in crackdowns on the protests.
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These responsibilities included the maintenance, storage, surveillance, security and handling of nuclear weapons, as well as supporting nuclear testing. Major General Leslie R. Groves , the former head of the Manhattan Project, was its first chief. The early nuclear weapons were large, complex, and cumbersome.
The census, taking place on March 21, will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing. Many people will be wondering what they will be asked - and if indeed they have to answer. These questions will be asked of those aged 16 years and over and are purely voluntary, so no one will be forced to answer if they do not want to. People can also request an individual census questionnaire and give their answers separately from their current household if they wish.