A new report has concluded that the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) ban on gays in the US military has had no negative effects on the armed forces.
Naysayers warned that the lifting of the ban, which was officially signed into law by President Obama last year, would affect “morale, discipline, unit cohesion, and overall military readiness”.
They also claimed that “this law, if repealed, could indeed break the All-Volunteer Force.”
However, the new report, released on the first anniversary of the repeal, found that it has had no “overall negative impact”.
It said that the repeal has not affected military readiness, levels of recruitment or retention of staff.
“There was no mass exodus of military members as a result of repeal, and there were only two verifiable resignations linked to the policy change, both military chaplains,” said the authors.
They also noted that the DADT repeal has not been responsible for any new wave of violence or physical abuse among service members and in fact “enabled some LGB service members to resolve disputes around harassment and bias in ways that were not possible prior to repeal”.
The report noted that there has also been no mass disclosures of sexual orientation and that “in balance, [the] DADT repeal has enhanced the military’s ability to pursue its mission”.
The authors of the study include professors at the US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, and US Marine Corps War College.