The ending of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will have a positive impact on military readiness. Not only will it stop the military from having to throw out thousands of highly qualified people, but it will also keep some 4,000 men and women from refusing to reenlist because they are in Admiral Mullen’s words “being forced to live a lie.” Moreover, repeal of DADT will make military service more attractive to those who now refuse to consider joining an institution that discriminates against a group of people for no good reason. Finally, many universities and colleges which now refuse to allow ROTC on to their campuses will be willing to take ROTC back once the ban is dropped.
The above excerpt was originally published in National Journal Online.
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