Cost of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Detailing the Cost

August 16, 2010
Dr. Nathaniel Frank
The Palm Center

Read the full study here.

Dan Choi Broke the Rule

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(This post submitted by Becky Kanis, Knights Out Chair) On March 19, Lieutenant Dan Choi came out as gay on The Rachel Maddow Show and violated the military regulation that identifies “homosexual admission” as an offense punishable by separation.

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Bring New Faces to the DADT debate

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I had the opportunity to attend a special presentation of the Brave New Foundation's latest installation of the In Their Boots series, the documentary short Silent Partners (Thursday, July 16, 2009, Backstage Theater at Sony Pictures, LA). The screening featured a discussion with Dan Choi, a West Point-trained former infantry officer and Julianne Sohn, a former marine, each discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, as well as Jake Diliberto, a self-described evangelical straight ally and Brian Baker, an Episcopal minister, military veteran, and West Point graduate.  read more »

New Training Leaves Gay Soldiers Behind

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(This post submitted by Diane Mazur) A recent article in the New York Times described a new Army program that trains soldiers in “emotional resiliency.”

“Historic Moves,” “Seismic Shifts,” and the Danger of a Policy that Won’t Come Dislodged.

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The National Black Justice Coalition [NBJC] and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, have called for an investigation into the death of U.S. Sailor August Provost. Provost, who completed three years of college before joining the Navy in March 2008 to help finance his education, was studying to become an architectural engineer. He was found murdered June 30, 2009 while on duty.

Address at West Point

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I went to West Point this week to lecture about DADT. Palm scholars have been making such visits every year for the past six years.

Inaccuracy Persists: Compliance Isn't About Silence

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Despite public support for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy many still fail to understand what it says and how it works. In a recent article at NBC Los Angeles online, Caitlin Millat makes a common mistake by stating that the 11 service members discharged in January "wouldn't comply with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and openly discussed their homosexuality."

Does “don’t ask, don’t tell” impact transgender service members?

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Yes, it does.

That was one of the findings from a unique and timely survey conducted by the Transgender American Veteran’s Association [TAVA] and analyzed in August by Palm Center researchers.  read more »

Performance Brings Attention to Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military

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Pat Payne's performance, “Crawl,” directly addresses recent GAO and Veteran Affairs data on rape and sexual assault in the military, but it also speaks to "don't ask, don't tell."

Notes for President-Elect Obama

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President-Elect Barack Obama has said he supports the repeal of the current policy banning open gays in the military. Yet movement on “don’t ask, don’t tell” remains uncertain. Here’s what the president-elect should keep in mind…
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