Eleven gay servicemembers were discharged from the US military in January under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.

According to data released by the Defence Department to Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, a human intelligence collector, a military police officer and four infantry personnel were among those discharged for being gay.

Moran said: “The loss of mission-critical troops prompted some lawmakers and experts to question the wisdom of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

“How many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure?”

Last week it was reported that US president Barack Obama is discussing how to lift the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military.

AP reported that the White House confirmed that talks to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy have begun, but the administration has not said how long this might take or whether experts will be commissioned to make an in-depth study of the issue.