Study: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Caused No Harm, Made it Easier for Pentagon to Pursue its Mission

A new study out today (read it HERE – PDF) from the Williams Institute concludes that not only did repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy cause no harm to the military, it facilitated the ability of the Pentagon to fulfill the mission of the Armed Forces.

The HuffPost reports:

The authors of the study, who included professors at U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Marine Corps War College, arrived at this conclusion after conducting interviews with 553 generals and admirals who predicted that repeal would undermine the military, as well as with expert opponents of DADT repeal, a number of watchdog organizations and more than 60 active-duty heterosexual, lesbian, gay and bisexual troops from every service branch.

They also observed several military units and administered several surveys, analyzed relevant media articles published during the research period and conducted secondary source analysis of surveys independently administered by outside groups.

"For almost twenty years, experts predicted that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would harm the military," said Aaron Belkin, the founding director of the Palm Center and lead author of the study. "Now the evidence is in, and the conclusion is clear: repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' did not harm the military, and if anything made it easier for the Pentagon to pursue its mission."