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Military opinions on DADT

How would someone in the (real-world, present-day) US military respond when asked about a policy they dislike? I'm thinking specifically about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but it could also apply to any official policy they disagree with.

Not sure how to Google this specifically without getting lots of material on DADT in general. Wikipedia's section on criticism of DADT mentions mostly retired generals, which doesn't help me figure out the regulations for active personnel.

I'm assuming it's not cool for a soldier to openly oppose government positions, but I'm not clear on details, so I would love some context. How far would a soldier be permitted to express their disagreement with, say, their families? What about with a stranger? On television? And how fervent would they have to be before disciplinary action was taken? Would it be a slap on the wrist, or would you get fired? Do people with higher ranks get more leeway on this? Lots of retired generals have spoken out against DADT, but it does tend to be the retired ones, so I'm assuming it's discouraged among the ranks at the very least.

In the specific situation I want to write, a soldier gets asked "what do you think about DADT?" by a stranger. My hunch is that the response would be something along the lines of "I serve my country, and will abide by its laws."

Is there a boilerplate way to say that? (It's the military; they have boilerplate phrases for everything, right?)
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