"I have been given the opportunity to share my firsthand experiences from the inside as I watch the fall of a policy that is undeniably discriminatory. By 'not asking' and 'not telling,' the people repressed by this policy have been robbed of their voice to speak out. As a result, the impact of such a policy doesn't hit close to home for enough families, friends, or coworkers. By blogging here, it is my goal to share the excitement felt by every gay and lesbian service member as this burden of lies, cover stories, and double lives is lifted."—Officer X, a new contributor to Time's "Battleland" military blog, who will be writing anonymously about the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" from inside the US military.