While opponents of allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military often talk about the effect that it will have on troop morale and cohesion, McClatchy reports that at a recent forum with Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen in Jordan, there was “little resistance” to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell from the servicemembers:
As it turned out, none of the two dozen or so men or women who met with Mullen at Marine House in the Jordanian capital Tuesday had any questions on the 17-year-old policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military — or Mullen’s public advocacy of its repeal.
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Darryl E. Robinson, who’s the operations coordinator for defense attache’s office at the U.S. Embassy here, explained why after the session. “The U.S. military was always at the forefront of social change,” he said. “We didn’t wait for laws to change.”
Mullen later said that since his Capitol Hill testimony on the need to repeal DADT, he hasn’t had a single servicemember raise the issue with him in the three town hall sessions he’s held. Troops told McClatchy that the policy change wasn’t a big issue because they’ve “already served with gays and lesbians, they accepted that some kind of change was imminent, and, they said, the nation was too engulfed in two wars for a prolonged debate about it.”