Whoa! You mean “don’t ask, don’t tell” was useless?

Remember back when there was the big hullabaloo over repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell?”  Remember when the wingers thought so little of our soldiers to say that they could endure sweltering conditions away from their families, with bullets whizzing by their heads and even the trauma of perhaps having to kill another human being, but that that having a gay person get their back would be too much of a distraction for them?

Yeah, turns out our soldiers have more than the modicum of fortitude (and more decency) than the “support the troops” crowd gave them credit for.

The repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2011 has not had a negative impact on force readiness, recruitment or retention, contrary to predictions that it would, according to a new study published Monday.


the study by the Palm Center, which conducts research on sexual minorities in the military, determined those concerns were unfounded. The research by nine scholars, some professors at military academies, began six months after the policy (known as DADT) ended and wrapped up near the one-year mark..

The scholars said they interviewed opponents and advocates of the repeal, as well as active duty service members who are gay, and conducted on-site field observations of four military units, among other research. They also reached out to 553 of the nearly 1,200 generals and admirals who signed a 2009 letter saying the repeal would undermine the military and eventually got interviews with 13 officers.

“Our conclusion, based on all of the evidence available to us, is that DADT repeal has had no overall negative impact on military readiness or its component dimensions, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment or morale,” according to the study. “Although we identified a few downsides that followed from the policy change, we identified upsides as well, and in no case did negative consequences outweigh benefits. If anything, DADT repeal appears to have enhanced the military’s ability to pursue its mission.

Saw that one coming like a ten-story turtle.  And I’m sure the wingers will be saying “mea culpa” in 3…2…never.

Who knows?  Maybe letting them get married won’t destroy straight marriage either.

Of course, DADT was never about protecting our troops or raising their efficiency.  That was just an excuse.  The real reason for DADT was the influence of Christianity and its inherent dislike of LGBT people, but that reason is intellectually indefensible and legally inadmissible, so they come up with other excuses rather than counting on the truth to carry them.

Had god wanted Christians to tell the truth, he would’ve built the facts in their favor.

It kind of reminds me of something Greta said in one of her blogs; something about how in the real world, results count.  Eventually, people can actually tell if Communism is a wave that floats all boats or if it is an idea that doesn’t work.  With religion, there is no “proof is in the pudding,” because it depends on an afterlife and imaginary beings for which there is no accountability.  This kind of thinking is what will allow the DADT naysayers to go on believing exactly. the. same. way in spite of the absolute proof that eliminating it brought to pass exactly none of their negative claims.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.