"End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Has Had ‘Negligible’ Impact On Military"
The impact of the U.S. military’s formal repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” was “negligible, if that,” according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby, a sentiment that is being bolsterd by a book the Marine Corps University Press is publishing this month, just seven months after the policy was repealed. The book, titled “The End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Impact in Studies and Personal Essays by Service Members and Veterans,” notes that retention remains high across the board and recruitment is likewise consistent, reaching 100 percent of goals. Even critics of repeal have gone silent. Arizona Sen. John McCain, once an outspoken opponent of eliminating the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy, has remained uncharacteristically mum on the issue, declining to respond to media requests for comments on the repeal’s impact. — Fatima Najiy