Report: DADT repeal still not harming the military

A study shows that repealing "don't ask, don't tell" has not hurt the U.S. military

Published September 10, 2012 6:38PM (EDT)

Remember when Republicans told us that without DADT, the military would basically implode? Well, it turns out that's not remotely true, according to a new study by the Palm Center, a think tank focused on sexual minorities in the military.

The study used interviews with military personnel who were publicly opposed to repealing DADT, as well as other people who actively spoke out against it, and found that, across the board, it had no negative impact. The study assessed factors like readiness, recruitment and retention, cohesion, assaults and harassment and troop morale.

"Some military members have complained of downsides that followed from the policy change," the report concludes, "but others identified upsides, and in no case did negative consequences outweigh benefits. In balance, DADT repeal has enhanced the military’s ability to pursue its mission."

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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