Gay rights groups that pushed to end the ban are divided over whether the military's standards of conduct should explicitly mention sexual orientation and worry that service members will lack ample opportunities to speak with officials outside the chain of command about potential violations of the new policy.
Consistent with the new policy, the slides also remind sailors they may not be discharged early for opposing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." Early discharges will be granted "when in the best interest of the Navy," according to the slides.
Notably, information sailors receive about their overseas deployments will now include information on a host country's laws regarding homosexual conduct, according to the slides. Because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting recognition of same-sex marriages, the military will not provide funding or country clearances for same-sex partners to relocate.
"A Sailor requests emergency leave after receiving a Red Cross message concerning the critical condition of his same-sex partner," reads one of the vignettes. "Issue: Benefits. Is the Sailor eligible for Emergency Leave?"
"The Sailor may be eligible for emergency leave," according to the document. "The sexual orientation of the Sailor's partner has no bearing on the decision." The answer then lists the appropriate circumstances for granting emergency leave.
"I think the Navy's on the right track here," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, who has received extensive briefings on the military's post-DADT training plans. The other military services -- the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force -- are using similar slides and training methods, Sarvis said.
Naval training on the change in policy should be completed by June 30, according to Naval officials. But the time line should be accelerated, Sarvis said: "I think the entire military could have certification and full repeal by June 30."
Staff writer Greg Jaffe contributed to this report.