Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Just 10% of the 400,000 servicemembers asked to complete a survey about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have responded so far, and Defense Department officials don’t understand it.
“It’s important for them to return the survey so we understand possible impacts associated by repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.”
Could it be that 90% of servicemembers understand perfectly well they are being used as political pawns in a viciously homophobic, Pentagon-sponsored campaign to oppose repealing the ban and they don’t want to be any part of it?
A total of 200,000 active servicemembers and another 200,000 in the Reserve and National Guard were e-mailed a link to the online questionnaire on July 7 about the possible impact of repealing the law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
But according to the DoD officials, only about 40,000 have bothered to complete the survey. Respondents have until Aug. 15 to complete the questionnaire.
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claims the Defense Department needs objective information that only this survey can deliver, and emphasized that no one is drawing conclusions about the survey until it is finished.
Perhaps a puny 10% response rate will force the Defense Department to wake the hell up and realize that this is a 21st century military and the majority of men and women in uniform either already serve with gay and lesbian soldiers and they don’t care about their sexuality, find the 32 page survey ridiculous, offensive and a waste of their time?