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New report: Military readiness not affected by repeal of “Don’t ask don’t tell”

Not that this comes as a surprise, but there is concrete evidence in a new report that the repeal of the old and silly U.S. military policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” has had no negative impact on military readiness.

Here’s a summary of some of the main findings in the study courtesy of Think Progress:

  • Repealing DADT has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment, or morale.
  • Greater openness and honesty post-repeal may have actually increased understanding, respect, and acceptance.
  • Recruitment has remained robust.
  • Retention was unaffected by repeal. Only two individuals’ departure can be tied to repeal, both military chaplains.
  • There has been no increase in violence within units; in fact, many harassment disputes can now be resolved in ways that were not possible when service members could not disclose their sexual orientation.
  • Unit morale was not impacted, except on the individual level depending on a service members personal position on the issue of DADT.
  • LGB servicemembers did not come out en masse.

Now, if the troubled souls opposing LGBT equality would just get over themselves, we can move on to confirming similar results in the world of marriage and other basic aspects of modern life.

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