Moments ago, in a press conference announcing the results of the Pentagon’s 10-month review of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Working Group co-chairs Defense Department General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, concluded that the risk of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to overall military effectiveness is low and Gates even urged Congress to act on repeal before the Courts overturn the policy. “Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for signature before the end of this year,” he said. “It is only a matter of time before the federal courts are drawn once more into the fray, with the very real possibility that this change would be imposed immediately by judicial fiat – by far the most disruptive and damaging scenario I can imagine, and the one most hazardous to military morale, readiness and battlefield performance.”
Johnson added that resistance to repeal “is driven by misperceptions and stereotypes,” and predicted that lifting the ban would not result in a mass coming out of gay troops. “We believe that most would continue to be private and discreet about their personal lives,” he said in a prepared statement.
A summary of the results of the survey sent to 400,000 service members as outlined by the two chairmen:
- 70% of Service members said they would be able to “work together to get the job done” with a gay servicemember in their immediate units.
- 69% said they worked in a unit with a co-worker that they believed to be homosexual.
- 92% stated that their unit’s “ability to work together,” with a gay person was “very good, “good” or “neither good nor poor.” (89% for those in Army combat arms units, 84% for those in Marine combat arms units.)
- 30% overall (and 40–60% in the Marine Corps and in various combat arms specialties) expressed negative views or concerns about the impact of a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
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I was listening to something about this on NPR--just yesterday, in fact. I was thinking about posting the story, but I'll just link it here, instead.
What I found interesting is that those who want to uphold DADT are the older service members--those who enlisted decades ago. For the most part, their younger servicemen and servicewomen do not hold those prejudices against gay and lesbian service men and women. Most don't care. The greatest number of servicemen who opposed having gays and lesbians serve in the military were in the Marines (which explains my dad's anti-gay sentiments--he's a Marine), where about 40% felt that they couldn't work/fight side-by-side with a gay person.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:33 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
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