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Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked a study group in February to assess how a potential repeal — either through the Congress or the courts — would affect the force.
Overall, about 50 to 55 percent of troops said repealing the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would have a mixed effect or no effect at all. Some 15 percent to 20 percent said the change would be positive. And 30 percent said repeal would have negative consequences.
Concerns about negative impact were higher among Marines, at 43 percent. Specifically among Marine infantry, or combat arms, units, some 58 percent said the change would be for the worse.
“We heard many service members express the view that ‘open’ homosexuality would lead to widespread and overt displays of effeminacy among men, homosexual promiscuity, harassment and unwelcome advances within units,” the study group said.
But those concerns were “exaggerated and not consistent with the reported experiences of many service members,” according to the report.
For example, some 69 percent of service members say they have already worked with someone they believed to be gay. Of those, 92 percent said it had no negative impact on their “ability to work together.”
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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we're getting there ... slowly ... the troops are a few generations removed from some of the biased upper echelon who have the backing of the moron McCain. I hope this is accomplished under Obama's administration - as it should be ... cutting as many ties to prejudices of the past as possible.
Re: Army Times.. Most troops say gays are no problem
Any of those drsft-dodging Congressmen who still get a little erection when they think about the word "gay" yet do everything they can to take their rights from them ...who still act to prevent any of these brave kids from serving their country this way should be forced to jump from a C-130 into a firefight in Khyber Pass.
Better yet, all of their kids should be drafted immediately.
You talk about your anti-American scum! John McCain should have his medals taken away. What a POS!
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