Military Law

Long-Awaited Report Finds Little Risk in Repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell'

Military service members see little risk posed by the repeal of its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, according to a long-awaited Pentagon report.

Seventy percent of 400,000 service members surveyed believe repeal of the policy would have little or no effect on their units, according to the Washington Post column the Federal Eye. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” allowed gays to serve in the military as long as their sexual orientation remained secret.

Sources told the Federal Eye about the report, set to be released later today. The newspaper covered details of a draft copy earlier this month.

Sixty-nine percent of the respondents said they had served with someone in their unit believed to be gay or lesbian. Of that number, 92 percent said their unit’s ability to work together was very good, good, or neither good nor poor.

Prior coverage: “9th Circuit Grants DOJ’s Request for Stay of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ “

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