Once I got home this evening, I began digging in to the nitty-gritty details of the 256-page Pentagon working group report on implementing a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
There is a lot of information here, and I hope to have the time to report on more of what I'm finding before Thursday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearings.
But, for now, here's two related pieces of info that I found notable:
- 38.5 percent of the respondents to the survey said that they have worked in a unit with "a leader [the respondent] believed to be homosexual." Yes, more than a third of current servicemembers believe they've had a gay boss. This seems to be a significant statistic. And, of those who believe that, and where the respondent said that others also believed the leader was gay or lesbian, an overwhelming majority -- 69.9 percent -- rated that unit's morale as "very good" or "good."
- On the flip side of that issue, there's the Marine Corps. While the response from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy was that the unit with a gay or lesbian leader had "very good" morale according to between 24.2 percent to 27.1 percent of the of the respondents from each branch, the Marine Corps response was significantly lower at 18.4 percent. The combined "very good" and "good" responses from the Marines was 58.4 percent. The combined numbers for the other branches ranged from 67.8 percent to 70.5 percent.
[Read Metro Weekly's full coverage of the report.]
While doing so, a kind soul indirectly reminded me that it was not yet posted at Metro Weekly. Apologies! Here it is, via Scribd, below the jump. Additionally, and also below the jump, please find available via Scribd the "Support Plan for Implementation" that also was presented by the Pentagon on Tuesday.