As most of us thought would be the case, a landmark DADT academic study reveled that integrating openly gay soldiers into the armed forces has had no negative effect on the military, but has actually improved relations among troops. The study, which began before the repeal, was conducted by The Palm Center and analyzed both on-site research, interviews, empirical data, and surveys. Among the many findings:
(1) Only two service members, both chaplains, were identified as having left the military as a result of DADT repeal; (2) A Pentagon spokesperson told the study’s co-authors that she was not aware of a single episode of violence associated with repeal; (3) Pentagon data show that recruitment and retention remained robust after repeal; (4) Survey data revealed that service-wide, the troops reported the same level of morale after repeal as they did prior to repeal; (5) Survey data revealed that service-wide, the troops reported the same level of readiness after repeal as they did prior to repeal.
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