Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Troops Seem To Not Care About DADT

According to the Department of Defense, 90% of the random members of the armed forces who were selected to participate in the Don't Ask Don't Tell survey have not completed it.

Only about 10 percent of the 400,000 servicemembers asked to complete a survey about possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law have responded so far, and DoD officials said they need to hear from the rest.

"It's important for them to return the survey so we understand possible impacts associated by repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law," said DoD spokesperson Cynthia Smith. She added that officials need to know how the repeal would impact unit cohesion, military readiness, recruiting, retention and family readiness.

A total of 200,000 active servicemembers and another 200,000 in the Reserve and National Guard were e-mailed July 7 with a link to an online questionnaire about possible impacts of repealing the law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

So far, only about 40,000 of those randomly selected have completed the survey instrument, Smith said. Respondents have until Aug. 15 to complete the questionnaire.
Regardless of what the DOD might say about needing to survey the troops on this issue, the fact that the vast majority of those who are being asked about the policy have not responded suggests that they could really care less about its repeal. Inaction on something, shouts just as loud a message as filling out the survey might.

This in fact shows that the strong words by those on the Right about retention, unit cohesion, showers, and bunks, are in fact just rhetorical shams. Just by this lack of participation we can see that at least the last three are not true, and the first ones validity is even in question; for if these were big issues to the troops, they would be speaking up.

Thanks to Timothy Kincaid at Box Turtle Bulletin for the tip.

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