John Aravosis points out that the Pentagon has confirmed that “no disciplinary problems or mass-resignations have been reported” since a Judge Virginia Phillips announced her injunction against enforcing the old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. The finding undermines the apocalyptic predictions of DADT supporters and the government’s concerns that lifting the ban would have “enormous consequences,” but for Nathaniel Frank – author of Unfriendly Fire — it’s to be expected.
As Frank pointed out to me in an email, “what all this reveals is a military and political leadership that’s out of touch with the reality on the ground”:
Poll after poll shows that a majority of troops already know or believe there are gays in their units, which means gays are not only serving, but serving openly. Judge Phillips also found that the military has been letting out gays go to war because of personnel needs. Let me repeat that: open gays are already there. So how can the Pentagon argue that letting open gays serve will have ‘enormous consequences’ if it’s already been happening for years?
As Frank summarizes here, poll after poll has already found that a growing number of servicemembers have no problem serving with openly gay or lesbian troops. And if the Pentagon Working Group comes to a dramatically different conclusion — “that openly gay service would be disruptive and would take many months to implement — it’s going to make the Pentagon look pretty darn silly,” Frank concluded. Their report is scheduled to be released on December 1st.