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DADT Survey Findings

DADT Survey Findings

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Support to the DoD ComprehensiveReview Working Group Analyzing theImpact of Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’tTell”Volume 1: Findings From the Surveys
November 2010
Prepared for:Department of DefenseComprehensive Review Working Group1600 Defense PentagonWashington, DC 20301-1600Prepared by:Westat1600 Research BoulevardRockville, Maryland 20850-3129(301) 251-1500
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Summary of Survey Findings ......................................................................................................1
 
1
 
Project Introduction .................................................................................................... 15
 
2
 
Service Member and Spouse Survey Background Information .................................. 17
 
2.1
 
Purpose of the surveys ................................................................................................ 17
 
2.2
 
Brief description of survey methods ........................................................................... 17
 
2.3
 
Data analysis ............................................................................................................... 21
 
How To Read This Report ....................................................................................... 233
 
Profile of Service Member Survey Respondents ........................................................ 24
 
4
 
Findings From the Service Member Survey ............................................................... 27
 
4.1
 
What is the likely impact of repeal? ........................................................................... 29
 
Unit Cohesion .......................................................................................................... 30 Unit Effectiveness .................................................................................................... 38 Morale ...................................................................................................................... 45 Military Readiness ................................................................................................... 49
 
Retention .................................................................................................................. 54
 
Recruitment .............................................................................................................. 63
 
Family Readiness ..................................................................................................... 66
 
Housing .................................................................................................................... 69
 
Policy Implementation ............................................................................................. 74
 
4.2
 
What is the past experience with Service members believed to be gay orlesbian? ...................................................................................................................... 76
 
4.3
 
What characteristics affect Service members’ views about the impact repealmight have? ............................................................................................................... 83
 
4.4
 
Overall, what are the main issues associated with repeal for Service members? ....... 85
 
5
 
Findings From the Spouse Survey .............................................................................. 87
 
Profile of Spouse Survey Respondents .................................................................... 88 Acquaintance With Gay or Lesbian Individuals ...................................................... 93 Retention and Referrals ........................................................................................... 95 Family Readiness and Military Life ...................................................................... 108 Housing .................................................................................................................. 125 
 
 
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6
 
Analysis of Service Member Comments .................................................................. 132
 
6.1
 
Overview .................................................................................................................. 132
 
6.2
 
Methods .................................................................................................................... 132
 
6.3
 
Results ...................................................................................................................... 134
 
6.4
 
Limitations to these findings .................................................................................... 143
 
7
 
Analysis of Spouse Comments ................................................................................. 144
 
7.1
 
Overview .................................................................................................................. 144
 
7.2
 
Methods .................................................................................................................... 144
 
7.3
 
Results For Item 36—Perceived Impact of Repeal on Family Readiness ................ 148
 
7.4
 
Results For Item 44—Additional Comments About Family Readiness or OtherEffects of Repeal ..................................................................................................... 157
 
7.5
 
Conclusions .............................................................................................................. 161
 
Part 1: Appendix A – Appendix N
PageAppendix A: Survey Methods .......................................................................................... A-1Appendix B: 2010 DADT Service Member Web Survey Screen Shots ............................ B-1Appendix C: 2010 DADT Spouse Survey ......................................................................... C-1Appendix D: Service Member Survey Item Frequencies .................................................. D-1Appendix E: Service Member Survey Items by Service .................................................... E-1Appendix F: Service Member Survey Items by Component .............................................. F-1Appendix G: Service Member Survey Items by Pay Grade Group ................................... G-1Appendix H: Service Member Survey Items by Age Group ............................................. H-1Appendix I: Service Member Survey Items by Gender ....................................................... I-1Appendix J: Service Member Survey Items by Army Specialty ........................................ J-1Appendix K: Service Member Survey Items by Navy Specialty ...................................... K-1Appendix L: Service Member Survey Items by Marine Corps Specialty .......................... L-1Appendix M: Service Member Survey Items by Air Force Specialty .............................. M-1Appendix N: Service Member Survey Items by Coast Guard Specialty ........................... N-1

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