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Pentagon's DADT Spouse Survey

Pentagon's DADT Spouse Survey

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Survey on DADT issues sent to "Military Spouses"
Survey on DADT issues sent to "Military Spouses"

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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1000 DEFENSE PENTAGONWASHINGTON, DC 20301-1000
AUG 11 2010
Dear Military Spouse:You and about 150,000 other spouses of active duty and reserve military personnelhave been selected at random to participate in an important confidential survey that willhelp shape the future of our military.As you know, in his State of the Union address this year, President Obama calledupon the Congress to repeal the law commonly known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell.Following that, I directed the Department of Defense to consider how to best implement arepeal of this law should that occur. This survey is part of that effort. Your responses tothis survey will help us assess the impact of a change in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell lawand policy on family readiness and recruiting and retention.Your voice is important and we need you to participate. The survey is confidentialand will enable you to be straightforward and candid in your responses.Thank you for your time and for your contribution to the service to our Nation.
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Instructions to Complete the Survey
To mark your answer, just put an X in the box:
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Pleaseuse a blue or black ink pen.It is important to print clearly, using uppercase, block letters (for example, "FRIDAY").You will sometimes be asked to skip questions based on your answers. In addition,certain questions or sections of the questionnaire may not apply to you.Pleasemark only one answer per question, unless the instructions say something else.
WHAT IS THIS SURVEY?
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The 2010 DoD Comprehensive Review Survey of Service Member Spouses collects informationabout community life and the potential impact of a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on familyreadiness. Your inputs will be taken into consideration by the Department in our review of thisimportant topic.
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This is your chance to be heard. The military leadership will use the survey results to guideplanning and policy development.
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WILL I BE IDENTIFIED?
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You were randomly selected to participate in this survey and your responses to the survey willnot be tracked back to you. Only the civilian contractor collecting and analyzing the surveyinformation for the Department of Defense will have accessto completed survey questionnaires.Only group statistics will be reported. The information that you provide will be kept confidentialand is protected under current laws and regulations, including the Privacy Act of 1974.
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We will do everything we can to keep others from learning about your participation in thisstudy. To further help us protect your privacy, we have obtained a Certificate of Confidentialityfrom the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). With this certificate,we cannot be forced (for example by court order or subpoena) to disclose information that mayidentify you in any federal, state, local, civil, criminal, legislative, administrative, or other proceeding.A Certificate of Confidentiality does not prevent you from voluntarily releasing information aboutyourself or your involvement in this survey. Westat, however, will not disclose information toanyone that would identify you as a participant in this study unless you provide consent for usto release that information. If you provide consent for someone to receive your researchinformation, Westat may not use the Certificate of Confidentiality to withhold this information.Also, if we were to find out that you are planning to harm yourself or someone else, we wouldneed to report the threat to the authorities.
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W_H_O_C_A_N_I_C_O_N_T_A_C_T_F_O_R_M_O_R_E_I_N_F_O_R_M_A_T_I_O_N_?
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If you have questions or need assistance, please call Westat, our survey contractor, toll-free
1-888-491-2083
or send an email to:
Callers outside of theUnited States and Canada can call collect (US Country Code)
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(301) 212-5216.If you have questions about the legitimacy of this survey as an approved DoD survey, pleasecontact
 
About You
1. What isyour marital status?
MARK ONE.
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Married
D
Separated
D
Divorced}
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2. How many years have you been married?
TO
INDICATE LESS THA
1
YEAR, ENTER "0".
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YEARS MARRIED
3. In which branch of the Armed Forcesisyour spouse currently serving?
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Army, Active Duty
D
Army National Guard, Army Reserve
D
Navy, Active Duty
D
Navy Reserve
D
Air Force, Active Duty
D
Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve
D
Marine Corps, Active Duty
D
Marine Corps Reserve
D
Coast Guard, Active Duty
D
Coast Guard Reserve
4. Are you currently serving, or have you ever served, in the military?
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Yes, currently'"
Goto question 44 on page 11
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Yes, previously but not now
DNO
5. Is your spouse currently deployed?
DYes
DNO
6. How many times has your spouse been deployed since September 11, 2001?
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NO. OF TIMES DEPLOYED

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