Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
`Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ report is out
The long-awaited comprehensive report on the military’s `Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy banning openly gay members from serving, has just been released by the Department of Defense.
The gist of the report: “Based on all we saw and heard, our assessment is that, when coupled with the prompt implementation of the recommendations we offer below, the risk of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to overall military effectiveness is low. We conclude that, while a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will likely, in the short term, bring about some limited and isolated disruption to unit cohesion and retention, we do not believe this disruption will be widespread or long-lasting, and can be adequately addressed by the recommendations we offer below. Longer term, with a continued and sustained commitment to core values of leadership, professionalism, and respect for all, we are convinced that the U.S. military can adjust and accommodate this change, just as it has others in history.”