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Navy reinstates gay sailor [Updated]

December 12, 2011 |  1:19 pm

JasexxxA Navy linguist discharged under the now-repealed policy banning gays from serving openly has been reinstated and will report soon to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, his attorneys announced.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels, 29, was discharged in 2007 after he was featured in a story in the Stars & Stripes newspaper about gay military personnel. He was sworn back into the Navy on Monday.

Daniels, a Hebrew linguist, served a year in Kuwait before being discharged. He will be a student at the Defense Language Institute, studying Farsi, which is spoken in Iran and Afghanistan.

[Updated at 2:08 p.m., Dec. 12: He served in Kuwait under his given name, Jason Daniel Knight, which he later changed to Jase Daniels.]

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said the reinstatement of Daniels "underscores that all qualified and needed service members are now officially welcomed back into the ranks."

Daniels was one of three plaintiffs in a 2010 case challenging the "don't ask/don't tell" policy filed by the Washington law firm of Morrison & Foerster. Reinstatement bids by the other two plaintiffs, an Air Force major and an Air Force staff sergeant, are still pending, their lawyers said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Jase Daniels. Credit: Associated Press