WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) selected former Secretary of Defense and CIA director Robert Gates as its next president. The BSA’s newest president will serve a two-year term starting in May 2014.
Reuters reported that Gates was a Boy Scout himself in his youth and earned the organization’s highest award of Eagle Scout.
Gates, who served under President Barack Obama, lifted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the U.S. military in 2011, much to the chagrin of active and retired military personnel.
The Boy Scouts of America ended a ban on admitting gay youth, which will officially end on January 1, 2014. A ban on openly gay adult leaders is still in place. Over 60% of the BSA delegates in the National Council voted to lift the ban on gay youth.