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Shorthand for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harass, the military’s former policy on gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Under the policy, instituted in 1993 and lifted in 2011, the military was not to ask service members about their sexual orientation; service members were not to tell others about their orientation; and the military was not to pursue rumors about members’ sexual orientation. Sometimes abbreviated as DADT.

Updated December 2021