Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen talk to the media about defense budget cuts, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP)

Discharging gays cost Pentagon $200 million

A report by the Government Accountability Office says upholding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" proved very expensive


Lolita C. Baldor
January 21, 2011 3:02AM (UTC)

A government analysis says that discharging gay service members cost the Pentagon nearly $200 million from 2004 to 2009. The money went mainly to recruit and train replacements.

The Government Accountability Office report says it cost an average of $52,800 per discharge. The totals are estimates because of differences in how the military services compile and report budget data.

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Congressional investigators say that of the 3,664 service members dismissed for being gay, more than 1,400 held critical jobs or spoke an important foreign language.

President Barack Obama signed a new law in December ending the Pentagon's 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy and allowing gays to serve openly for the first time in history. That change is not expected to take effect for several months.

 

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