A military board meeting in Syracuse, New York, tonight recommended that federal recognition of New York National Guard Lt. Dan Choi as an officer be withdrawn, a move that would result in the former Tustin resident's discharge from the service. Choi's supposed high crime was publicly admitting to being gay.
The recommendation, which is considered the first step in what could be Choi's discharge from the service for violating the military's don't ask-don't tell policy against homosexual conduct, is not a final decision, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard. Another recommendation will be made by the Commander of the First Army, a regional branch of the army, before the chief of the National Guard Bureau makes a final decision.
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"I'm disappointed," Choi said at a news conference."Today was a setback for me."