STUDY: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Had No Impact On Military Readiness


Remember the moaning and groaning about how this would destroy the military? In an extensive study in the year since DADT was repealed, they found:

Repealing DADT has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment, or morale.

Greater openness and honesty post-repeal may have actually increased understanding, respect, and acceptance.

Recruitment has remained robust.

Retention was unaffected by repeal. Only two individuals’ departure can be tied to repeal, both military chaplains.

There has been no increase in violence within units; in fact, many harassment disputes can now be resolved in ways that were not possible when servicemembers could not disclose their sexual orientation.

Unit morale was not impacted, except on the individual level depending on a servicemember’s personal position on the issue of DADT.

LGB servicemembers did not come out en masse.