Pentagon Review: Troops Don't Care About DADT

... and they don't need separate bathrooms
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 1:49 PM CST
Pentagon Review: Troops Don't Care About DADT
Defense Secretary Robert Gates.   (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan/Pool)

All those leaked reports were right: The Pentagon's 10-month review on Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially out, and it concludes that most troops don't consider it a big deal to serve with fellow service members who are gay, reports the Washington Post. "The risk of repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to overall military effectiveness is low," said the two co-authors. (Find the full report here.) Added defense chief Robert Gates: "Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for signature before the end of this year."

The survey of 115,000 service members found that 70% think repealing DADT would barely register among the troops. (Marines were the most skeptical.) The authors said repeal could be done "even during this time of war," adding that no changes to housing or bathroom facilities are necessary, notes the New York Times. The latter would be “a logistical nightmare, expensive and impossible to administer." (More gays in the military stories.)

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