2Center or American Progress | The Repeal o Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—1 Year Later
policies sill preven gay service members and heir amilies rom accessing he benesaorded o heir sraigh counerpars.
Open service has enhanced our national security
Las week he Palm Cener—an academic research insiue a he Universiy o Caliornia, Sana Barbara—released he rs comprehensive sudy o he eecs o heDAD repeal on miliary readiness. o measure he impac o open service on miliary readiness, he auhors o he sudy polled and inerviewed acive-duy service members,observed miliary unis, and me wih represenaives rom major organizaions on bohsides o he DAD debae over he pas six monhs. Teir ndings were clear: “DADrepeal has enhanced he miliary’s abiliy o pursue is mission.”
Te Palm Cener concludes ha DAD repeal has had “no negaive eec” on any com-ponen o miliary readiness, including “cohesion, recruimen, reenion, assauls, harass-men or morale.”
Repeal has no sparked mass resignaions in he ranks or a widespreaddecrease in morale; roops are jus as likely o re-enlis as hey were pre-repeal.
Nor hasopen service caused a jump in anigay violence. In ac some gay service members appearo eel beter able o resolve dispues relaing o heir sexual orienaion under he new policy.
Perhaps mos imporanly, he sudy nds ha DAD repeal “has no had any discernible impac, eiher posiive or negaive, on recruimen or reenion.”
Te U.S. miliary’s smooh ransiion o open service is ar rom surprising. Even beorerepeal, decades o sudies, as well as he experiences o some o our closes allies, pro- vided overwhelming evidence ha dropping he gay ban would no undermine U.S.naional securiy.Te Unied Kingdom, Canada, and Israel—hree close U.S. allies wih similarly sruc-ured miliaries—have long allowed gay and lesbian roops o serve openly.
As a resul,U.S. service members have been serving admirably openly gay oreign roops in coali-ion eors in Iraq and Aghanisan or years.Moreover, in 2010, wih he Obama adminisraion pushing or repeal, he Penagonlaunched a yearlong sudy on he consequences o ending Don’ Ask, Don’ ell. Teresuls, released in November 2010, se he sage or repeal. Sixy-nine percen o roopspolled said hey were already working in a uni wih someone hey believed o be gay or lesbian. An asounding 92 percen o hose individuals believed heir uni’s “abil-iy o work ogeher” was eiher “very good,” “good,” or “neiher good nor poor”—hisincludes 89 percen o hose in Army comba arms unis and 84 percen o hose inMarine comba arms unis.