Pentagon Sends Out Part Two Of DADT Repeal Survey And It’s Just As Homophobic, Insensitive and Insulting As Part One

The Pentagon, which it seems is doing everything in it’s power to drag out the Repeal (Which is really a non-repeal compromise) of DADT has sent out the second part to its military survey on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, this time to approximately 150,000 military spouses and it is just as insensative and insulting as part one..

The survey is sent with a letter from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, which read:

““As you know, in his State of the Union address this year, President Obama called upon the Congress to repeal the law commonly known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Following that, I directed the Department of Defense to consider how to best implement a repeal of this law should that occur. This survey is part of that effort. Your responses to this survey will help us assess the impact of a change in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law and policy on family readiness and recruiting and retention.”

Alexander Nicholson Executive Director of Servicemembers

“This survey of military spouses contains many of the same insulting and derogatory assumptions and insinuations about gays and lesbians that ran throughout the last survey. Answer choices suggest things like the Defense Department possibly distributing flyers in military neighborhoods if, as they say, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is repealed and that the ‘readiness’ of military families might somehow be impacted. Again we stress that neither the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff nor anyone else would ever stand for such insulting questions being asked about any other minority group in the military in this day and age. The Pentagon’s senior leadership should seriously consider Servicemembers United’s offer to meet with them in person to talk about the insensitivity of these surveys and how the poor handling of these surveys might negatively impact implementation.”

One of the most  most devious part of the survey. Under question  #15, “What are the MOST IMPORTANT factors you and your spouse consider when making decisions about his or her future in the military? PLEASE MARK UP TO 3 FACTORS,” optional answers include: “Our children’s well-being.” They might as well have written  “Knowing my children are safe from fags” because that is the intent that is broadcast loud and clear in that question.

If Gates wants to ask about military readiness enlisted families perhaps he should be asking.  “How would it affect your family readiness should your loved one, either the father or mother of your child, be sent to die on foreign soil for a worthless, tiresome, counter-productive war effort that has bankrupted the country that we had no reason to be in in the first place?”

What do you think the response would be then?

At this point why ant Gay or lesbian would even want to serve, let alone live in this discriminating hateful country is beyopnd me.

If I ever get a chance.  I’m outta here!

Servicemembers United has posted the full survey.HERE.

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Will Kohler

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