Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Did Not Impact Armed Services Retention

The repeal of Don’t ask, Don’t Tell took effect September 20, 2011, and according to the Defense Department’s retention report for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012), the repeal had no negative impact on retention goals. Over that year, all four branches of the armed services met or exceeded their retention goals, as did five of the six reserve components. These data debunk any argument that allowing gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers to serve openly would discourage others from serving in the military. (HT: @rockrichard)