Pentagon Releases DADT Study Results

November 30, 2010
Category: Politics
Pentagon Releases DADT Study Results

As it turns out, we won't set off a giant glitter bomb if gays are allowed to serve openly in the military. So says the finally release pentagon report which also dismisses stereotypes about gays trying to check out each others junk in the shower. Looks like all those 'predatory gay' scare tactics used by the right really don't hold much weight.

Here's a summary of the result via ThinkProgress:

- 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.)

- 74% of spouses of military service-members say repeal of DADT would have no impact on their view of whether their husbands or wives should continue to serve.

- 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.

Does this mean that a repeal isn't far off? Seems like there's not much more to argue about at this point, but you never know when it comes to bias.

Here's hoping though.

To read the full report (all 267 pages of it), click here.

Graph courtesy of JoeMyGod.

Tags: Politics, Military, don't ask don't tell, DADT
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I'm not surprised that the so-called "combat arms" people, the warrior types, are in denial. Having spent 24 yrs in the military (Army and Air Force), these macho types were deep into the abyss of denial. However, under the right circumstances (enough liquor and kept in isolation from their buddies), they are just as gay as anybody else. Another factor is that on the front lines where the bullets fly, secrets breached can be taken care of. Maybe that's why these types "have never served with a gay guy." Yeah, right!

The macho types have served with gay guys and not even known it. Cultural background makes people say one thing on the record but the urges are quite different when things get lonely and in a dark hole in the middle of nowhere. They make exceptions for themselves while supporting something in public. After awhile it simply won't matter what is going on in bedrooms. When straight couples kiss on the sidewalk then someone usually suggests they go get a room so public displays goes both ways.

I had served for about 10 yrs (Coast Guard) and about a year ago, had gotten out (due to weight issues). I loved it!!! Whilst I was in, I had met some pretty amazing people, most people just didnt care, it wasnt an issue and i think that people now a days dont really judge you on who you sleep w/ but how well you do your job. Of course it would be unjust not to mention the few outliers but thats gonna happen reguardless, maybe it had to do w/ different branches. either way I enjoyed my experence and commend all the open minded individuals I served with.

Where do i buy glitter bombs? - I need a few

... based upon the summary of findings...
... the review was thoughtfully conducted...
... and the recommendations...
... are balanced and well-reasoned...
... especially where recognition...
... of partnerships/marriage...
... and extension of benefits...
... is concerned...

... if followed...
... this guidance does not...
... immediately give all that some want...
... but certainly creates doors...
... that can later be opened...
... as federal laws change...

... along with *not* creating...
... another minority class...
... especially attractive is...
... addressing ucmj language...
... that is of concern regardless...
... of orientation...

"We support the pre-existing proposals to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and remove private consensual sodomy between adults as a criminal offense. This change in law is warranted irrespective of whether Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed..."

... that the summary reinforces...
... not only the desire of homosexuals...
... to serve with dignity...
... in a quiet but equal fashion...
... but also that most heterosexuals...
... will professionally accept open service...
... is quite encouraging indeed...

blessings.

laeth

USMJ = Uniform Code of Military Justice. It is the criminal code for the military that is established by Congress.

Some of the guys against it are very grounded in the ancient scrolls in a simplistic down to earth way that requires obedience to ancient one-liners scratched out on old stone tablets about men sleeping with other men along with many wacky regulations about stoning people for speaking words of incorrectness. Time to move ahead and be progressive about love for ones fellow man and move forward.

I agree that it's time for a more progressive attitude in the military. It's long past time. And I want to see some hardcore members of my homo brethren and sistren showing the world just how bad-ass and honorable they are.

Though, to be perfectly accurate, the Ten Commandments don't say anything about butt-fucking. That would be the book of Leviticus. It's hard to make heads or tails of most of it, though. Me personally, I'm a First Book of Samuel man. The Future King David and Prince Jonathan are, like, my favorite literary gay couple ever. EVER.

I found out about gay bars while I was assigned to Shore Patrol in the US Navy in Charleston, SC in 1965. There were two "off limits" bars in good neighborhoods, not only the titty bars outside the main gate of the base. I thought, "What's up with that?"

The biggest threat to gay guys was HETEROSEXUAL men who thought it was OK to forget their wives and girlfriends to hit on anyone they thought might be receptive after only THREE (3) days at sea.

Upon return from combat in Viet Nam, just before I was scheduled for separation from duty, I felt that my supervisor tried to entrap me in order to deny me post-enlistment benefits. I ran out of THAT room as quickly as possible.

Since then, the Veterans' Administration has:
1. helped pay for college
2. guaranteed the mortgage on my first house
3. earned me "veterans' preference" for employment
4. provided me with medical coverage that most people lack

Glad I dodged THAT bullet.

I served in the US military and all I got was this second-class citizenship!

It looks like McCain is not the negotiator that he pretended to be long ago as he now questions pentagon studies that the top brass approve at this point. A passing of years will cause all this to blend into a landscape where it all doesn't even matter and then there will be no extra excitement in a pride march because there won't be any opposition to fuel an exciting controversy. People need controversy over a six pack sometimes.

... mccain certainly seems needlessly crotchety...
... along with distantly out of touch...
... specifically with such platitudinous suggestion...
... that service members should be asked...
... not that if the repeal would cause adversity...
... but if the policy should be repealed...

... are the rank and file...
... also to be asked...
... before engaging in conflicts...
... above or on foreign soil or far away seas..

... admiral mullen has poignantly remarked...
... that where the current policy allows...
... for the volunteerism of a people...
... to proudly serve in a dangerous occupation...
... with honor and integrity as paramount virtue...
... it also encourages a life of core deceit...
... and that ought not be...

... and while it is seemingly not difficult...
... to find boorishness or buffoonery...
... among elected officials...
... still it is hard not to be impressed...
... with the secretary and joint chiefs...
... handling of and response to this issue...

blessings.

laeth

in 1986, I was in US Army and it was an open secret that I was gay and had a bf. After the Army I became a cop and an EMT, all basically "straight" fields, never any problems. Just do your job and no one gives 2 shits about whom you sleep with

... hmmmmm...

... now for the interesting part...