WASHINGTON - (AP) - Army Secretary John McHugh is backtracking onhis promise not to discharge troops who tell him that they are gay.

McHugh said in a statement released Thursday that he was"incorrect" when he had said there would be a moratorium ondismissals while the Pentagon conducts a yearlong review on its"don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Earlier this week, McHugh had said he wouldn't punish troops whoadmitted they were gay in private conversations with him, eventhough they technically violated the law.