Just 10% of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Surveys Completed

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.

DoD spokesperson Cynthia Smith says:

“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?

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16 Responses to Just 10% of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Surveys Completed

  1. DMason says:

    The survey is a waste of time and money. The DoD is dragging its feet and looking for ways to provide safety to members of Congress who plan to vote against repealing the Clinton-era ban. Repealing DADT has been studied to death. There is no reason for a survey.

  2. Vivzzz says:

    The grunts are much more sophisticated than their older, more conservative commanding officers.

    It’s always like this.

  3. Pechanga says:

    I’m confused about this survey?

    Did the all white military get to complete a survey to inform the Dept. of Defense how they felt about the integration of the military?

    Of course not. Soldiers follow orders — they don’t get to write policy. Everything is backward in 2010.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    Two words: Robert Gates. I knew Gates would be trouble when Obama decided to drag him into his fledgling administration after serving in the Bush junta. I’m so tired of the Obama administration.

  5. Harry says:

    Mike Mullen, Robert Gates, and President Obama are cowards when it comes to gay rights.

  6. retahyajyajav says:

    Seriously DoD?

    I don’t think most soldiers give a fuck about this. They’re too busy trying to stay alive in the America’s various war theaters around the world.

  7. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    In 2008, we were so excited to think the Democrats and our newly elected president would repeal the ban that has resulted in 17 years of discrimination in the military based not on professional performance but, sexual orientation.

    Man, were we duped. Oh well. 2012 will be here soon.

  8. Chad Lebanon says:

    The repeal is allegedly going to be attached to a senate war appropriations bill in September. If the Repugs vote “NO,” then the Dumbos can call them anti-troop and antiwar.

    It’s a potentially shrewd tactic — if it works.

  9. mauigirl says:

    32 pages! No wonder nobody is responding. I used to be in market research and we would never field a 32-page study. People quickly feel overwhelmed. I guess that was the plan all along, though, wasn’t it?

  10. Bee says:

    Surveys. Please. In any organization where employees are asked to complete a survey, about 10% actually do it. If you throw in some incentive, like, say, “Hey, we’ll drop an extra $25 in your paycheck next week if you answer this survey”, well, that usually will work. A former employer had to do that to get employees to answer the “employee opinion” survey they sent around. On another, they held a drawing of survey-takers for something like an extra day off. And, like Maui said, if it’s 32 pages, forget it. Most people won’t answer 32 questions. Make it 10 questions max, and throw in some incentive, then they might get an answer. And yep, Mauigirl is probably also right that it was the plan all along.

  11. fran says:

    What Maui said…. the survey was not meant to be answered.
    Just more stalling, smoke & mirrors.

  12. Jolly Roger says:

    I wonder how a survey about those Jesusistani proselytizers at the military academies would go over?

  13. R.J. says:

    What a waste of time and money. Don’t they understand this is just like voting? As in, “Don’t respond, don’t care one way or another”?

  14. feminazi says:

    My daughter, a young, pro-gay, Democratic woman, told me shortly after Obama was elected that it was her view that Obama would never push to repeal DADT in his first term. In fact, she said she would be very surprised if it happened in his second term, if he has a second term. I asked her why she felt this way and she said Obama used the gay community to get elected. Once elected, he discarded them.

  15. bradfrmphnx says:

    Wake up DoD, the jokes on you!

    By eliminating thousands of qualified gay and lesbian soldiers from your ranks, you are reducing sifnificantly the level of our militaries power. It’s not a matter of “if” you will be allowed to keep the current status quo of discrimination, it is a matter of when your homophobic statute will fall, and these men and women will be allowed to serve their country with the pride and dignity they deserve.

  16. s. douglas says:

    obama’s the type of dude who swears up, and down he’s got your back. then the shit starts, and all you see are the bottoms of his soles as he bitches out.

    in his defense, being the first black president is probably pretty difficult. surrounded by condescending liberals on one side, and foaming at the mouth wingnuts on the other.

    i imagine it’s a load of fun.

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