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Vol 2 Final 11-26-10

Vol 2 Final 11-26-10

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Support to the DoD ComprehensiveReview Working Group Analyzing theImpact of Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’tTell”Volume 2: Findings from the QualitativeResearch Tasks
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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1 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................ 11.1 Overview ................................................................................................ 11.1.1 Those with More Positive Views of the Impactof Repeal ................................................................................ 11.1.2 Those with More Negative Views of the Impactof Repeal ................................................................................ 21.1.3 Other Variations ................................................................... 21.2 Methodology .......................................................................................... 31.2.1 Data Collection and Data Sources ..................................... 31.2.2 Analytic Approach ................................................................ 81.3 Structure of the Report ........................................................................ 112 IEFS AND LEADERSHIP DISCUSSIONS ................................................ 122.1 Overview ................................................................................................ 122.2 Military IEFs .......................................................................................... 132.2.1 Contextual Issues .................................................................. 132.2.2 Individual Influences and Experiences.............................. 152.2.3 General Impact of Repeal ................................................... 152.2.4 Impact of Repeal on Military Life ...................................... 162.2.5 Impact of Repeal on Family and Community Life .......................................................................................... 172.2.6 Implementation of Repeal ................................................... 172.3 Leadership Discussion Groups ........................................................... 182.3.1 Implementation of Repeal ................................................... 183 FOCUS GROUPS .............................................................................................. 203.1 Overview ................................................................................................ 203.2 Individual Influencing Factors ............................................................ 21
 
 
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 3.2.1 Religion/Morals/Values ...................................................... 223.2.2 Demographic/Regional Variations .................................... 233.2.3 Stereotypes ............................................................................. 243.2.4 Upbringing ............................................................................. 253.3 General Impacts of Repeal .................................................................. 263.3.1 Overall Impact ...................................................................... 283.3.2 Distraction ............................................................................. 293.3.3 Impact Will Vary Over Time .............................................. 303.3.4 Image of the Military ............................................................ 313.3.5 Military Values ....................................................................... 313.3.6 Current Presence of Gays and Lesbians in theMilitary ................................................................................... 323.3.7 Potential for Openness ........................................................ 343.4 Impact on Military Life ........................................................................ 363.4.1 Overall Cohesion .................................................................. 393.4.2 Harassment ............................................................................ 413.4.3 Privacy .................................................................................... 433.4.4 Staffing ................................................................................... 443.4.5 Recruitment ........................................................................... 453.4.6 Retention ................................................................................ 463.4.7 Recommendations to Others .............................................. 483.4.8 Access to Services ................................................................. 483.5 Impact on Family Life .......................................................................... 493.5.1 Overall .................................................................................... 513.5.2 Gay Families in Base Housing ............................................ 513.5.3 Effects on Children .............................................................. 523.5.4 Etiquette/Social Events ....................................................... 523.5.5 Participation in Family Readiness Groups ........................ 533.5.6 Chaplaincy .............................................................................. 543.6 Contextual Issues .................................................................................. 543.6.1 Timing .................................................................................... 553.6.2 Political Motivation .............................................................. 563.6.3 Legal and Constitutional Issues .......................................... 563.6.4 Social Experiment ................................................................. 583.6.5 Comparisons with Previous Integration Efforts .............. 593.6.6 Comparison with Foreign Militaries .................................. 59

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