Gays in the US military: Does "don't ask don't tell" harm (yes) or help (no) troop morale, unit cohesion?

  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell was harmful.

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell was an unnecessary and unfair measure and that is largely why it doesn't exist anymore. The troops are just as cohesive as ever and there are no major problems reported from integrating out gays who were always part of the units before they were allowed to live their lives as who they are.

  • Antigay military policies hurt the military

    Just because someone is gay should not matter to the military, whose job is to train soldiers to keep Americans safe and to maintain peace around the world. Being gay is not something that should be viewed as harmful because who someone loves should not mean they cannot serve their country with honor and dignity. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a horrible policy that forced perfectly good, brave, wonderful men and women out of the military simply because of who they love. By taking away soldiers who could have provided so much to our national defense that wanted to sacrifice their lives for us, we have supplied our military with less people. DADT is also an indefensible discriminatory policy that makes it okay for our military to violate standards of fairness and equality. Homophobia will decrease in the military if there are more gay soldiers and that will make the environment in the military safer and healthier for everyone.

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