As predicted by me and every other rational person on the planet, the ending of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell had no impact whatsoever; it was a complete non–event. Indeed, ending DADT was as significant as your wearing blue socks rather than black socks today: it was that much of a non–event.
A new study confirms those predictions (my emphasis):
A new study on the impact of repealing the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy found no negative impact, despite dire warnings from supporters of the ban on allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly.
The study, which was conducted by the pro-repeal Palm Center and was first reported on by Lila Shapiro of the Huffington Post, found no negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, retention and recruitment of servicemembers, and morale. The Palm Center conducted “in depth interviews” with 62 active-duty servicemembers as part of the study, which mirrors recent findings by the Pentagon itself. In May, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, commenting on DADT’s repeal, told reporters: “It’s not impacting on morale. It’s not impacting on unit cohesion. It is not impacting on readiness.“[….]
The science has spoken: ending DADT is impacting nothing.
And with all that summed up, I hope this will be my last post concerning this bigoted, unnecessary, wasteful, and harmful policy. For sure, this time!