Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Gates Spins DADT Poll: Internals Show 1 In 4 Would Quit Service If DADT Repealed

Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday was touting results of a poll conducted by the Pentagon about the military reaction to a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation might cause temporary problems but would do little long-term harm to the U.S. military, a long-awaited Pentagon report released yesterday concludes.

...A Pentagon survey found that a majority of troops aren't opposed to serving with openly gay service members, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said concerns can be overcome through training and education.
But there's much more that Gates isn't telling the public. Internals of the poll tell a much different story, that not only do 91 percent of service members reject gay leadership, 1 in 4 would quit (, via FreeRepublic).

Former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt just read the full Pentagon report on repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and here's his analysis:

"Don't believe the phony liberal media reports that 70% of troops support open homosexual service, because that statistic included 'mixed' feelings. A closer reading of the fine print in the newly released Pentagon survey shows our troops answered as follows:

Q45. If you had a leader whom you believed was gay or lesbian…9% positive, 91% negative or mixed impact on unit's performance.

Q68c. 85% of Marine Combat Arms, 75% of Army Combat Arms, 64% overall say Negative, Very Negative, or Mixed impact on unit trust if DADT is repealed.

Q90. 29% would take no action if assigned open showers with homosexuals. 71% would shower at other times, complain to leadership or chaplains, don't know or do "something else" [including violence].

Q81. 24% will leave the military or think about leaving sooner than planned. (One half million troops will QUIT the service early, destroying our national security.)

Q80. 6% will positively recommend service to others after repeal. 94% feel negative, mixed, no effect, or don't know about recommending military service to others.(Destroying recruiting efforts.)

Q66. If open homosexuality impacts combat performance, is the impact...9% positive, 91% negative or mixed impact.

Q71. 11% feel positive or very positive about permitting open homosexuality in field environment or out at sea. 60% negative or mixed. 19% no effect.

Q73. 5% say repeal would positively boost morale. 41% say negative or mixed impact morale. Rest no effect or don't know.
Also, this article from North County Times states that 7 in 10 Marines are opposed to repeal of DADT.

What Gates, Obama, and all the other liberals won't say is that DADT doesn't prohibit homosexuals from joining the military, it only prohibits gays being open about it.

Now, it appears there's a big disconnect between the troops and the civilian leadership in Washington, who have permanent knee pads installed in their pants so they can bow to the god of Political Correctness. They seem intent on overturning DADT, and the real implications on morale, recruiting, and effectively fighting wars be damned.

I have to wonder, is this liberal social experiment on our military the liberal Democrat way to weaken us while we're fighting a War on Terror they do their best to deny?


Anonymous said...

Hey Marooned, the study was headed by General Carter Ham a very well respected Army General. Admiral Mike Mullen supports repeal as well. He is one of the most respected persons in uniform today. Shortly after Admiral Mullen came out for repeal back in February, General Colin Powell followed. I would be interested in your thoughts on that.

Anonymous said...

White soldiers were polled in the late 40s and early 50s about racial integration. The vast majority opposed serving alongside black soldiers. Truman ignored this and ordered integration. Eisenhower also ignored it and not only continued but accelerated integration. The problems were nonexistent.

Also, if you knew anything about the military you'd realize that it's not like a civilian job where you can just say "I quit" and go home.