Study indicates service personnel indifferent to DADT policy

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar didn't have a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy in the Roman Legion. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A Pentagon study revealed that most service members don’t care if the DADT policy is repealed or not. Partial findings of the report indicated that a majority of active duty military personnel thought repealing DADT would have no effect. Most polls have indicated most Americans are for repealing the policy.

Study says service personnel don’t ask, tell or care

A study begun by the Pentagon several months ago, at the behest of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, has revealed that most service personnel don’t think about the controversial “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, according to ABC. The finding from the study was leaked some time ago by the Washington Post, much to the consternation of Gates, though it seems the government has been having a problem with leaked documents lately. The leaked portion of the study included the finding that 70 percent of respondents did not believe that DADT repeal would actually have any effect on anything in the military. The survey was sent to 400,000 service members and 150,000 spouses of military personnel. Of those, less than 30 percent responded.

Most Americans back repeal of DADT

Polls and surveys from the last few years have been indicating that more Americans are for the repeal of the DADT policy. A CNN poll indicated that more than 70 percent of Americans embrace repealing DADT, and a recently released Pew Research poll said 58 percent of Americans were for repealing DADT policy according to CNN. Surveys, polls and statistics only ultimately indicate something about the subjects of the surveys and polls that actually respond, and the country’s true opinion may be different. However, it does appear that more people are for getting rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Issue likely to be settled soon

This issue will likely be settled in the next legislative session. Debate raged over “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and allowing homosexuals to serve for years. Homosexuality was grounds for discharge for decades. The military was also segregated until an executive order from President Truman ended racial discrimination in the service.




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