MILITARY -- November 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM ET
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Presents Little Risk, Study Finds
Repealing the 17-year-old law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military would do little harm to unit cohesion and troop morale, a year-long Defense Department study found.
The report states:
Based on all we saw and heard, our assessment is that, when coupled with the prompt implementation of the recommendations we offer below, the risk of repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to overall military effectiveness is low.
The reality is that there are gay men and lesbians already serving in today's U.S. military, and most Service members recognize this. As stated before, 69% of the force recognizes that they have at some point served in a unit with a co-worker they believed to be gay or lesbian.
You can read the report, and some of the initial reaction to its contents, here: