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DADT, R.I.P: Why the Anti-Gay Policy Vanished without Ill Effects

Armed Forces Journal, pg. 24-26, September 2012

3 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2012 Last revised: 26 Oct 2012

James E. Parco

Colorado College

David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

Date Written: September 17, 2012

Abstract

Seventeen years after 10 USC 654 banned openly gay service members on the grounds of negative impacts to unit cohesion, military effectiveness, morale, good order and discipline, the United States officially military ended "don't ask, don't tell." During this period, significant evidence emerged from the actions of other western US allies revealing that the biggest story of repeal was no story at all. Remaining quietly behind the public discourse, many political and senior military leaders refused to acknowledge the evidence that ran contrary to the fundamental arguments set forth in the current policy. The most notable effect is a persistent gap between the martial masculine values inherent in military culture and the evolving attitudes towards the society that pays the bills. Although DADT repeal has been treated as a policy issue, the reality is that until military leaders acknowledge it as a leadership issue, inequity between the demographics within the armed forces will persist.

Keywords: homosexuality, military, DADT, gay, lesbian, culture, don't ask don't tell

JEL Classification: Z10

Suggested Citation

Parco, James E. and Levy, David A., DADT, R.I.P: Why the Anti-Gay Policy Vanished without Ill Effects (September 17, 2012). Armed Forces Journal, pg. 24-26, September 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2148112

Jim Parco (Contact Author)

Colorado College ( email )

Department of Economics and Business
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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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HOME PAGE: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/dept/EC/parco.asp

David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management ( email )

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Academy, CO 80840-2944
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HOME PAGE: http://www.thinkingdeeplyabout.org

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