This from WaPo on the “punishment” for some vocal in uniform opponents to DoD’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy revision:
Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, received a smack-down from the top brass at the Pentagon after he wrote a letter to Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that covers the military, urging service members and their families to lobby elected officials to keep “don’t ask, don’t tell” in place.
Last week, Gates called Mixon’s comments “inappropriate.” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, concurred and said that if commanders disagree with policy changes, they should not resort to political advocacy but rather “vote with your feet” by resigning.
Since then, however, Mixon appears to have undergone a political rehabilitation. On Wednesday, McHugh said that Mixon had been advised that his letter was “inappropriate” but that he would not receive a formal reprimand.