Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

TitleReport of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGoodwin, Gerald F., Gary A. Packard, Colonel Jenny Caruso, Linell A. Letendre, James A. Cadogan, Jonathan L. Lee, and Robert P. Trost
Series EditorHammond, Anne G., and Doug McCoy
Number of Pages257
PublisherDeptartment of Defense
CityWashington, D.C.

First Paragraph: On March 2, 2010, the Secretary of Defense appointed the two of us to co-chair a working group to undertake a comprehensive review of the impacts of repeal, should it occur, of Section 654 of Title 10 of the United States Code, commonly known as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. In this effort, we were aided by a highly dedicated team of 49 military and 19 civilian personnel from across the Department of Defense and the Military Services. Our assignment from the Secretary was two-fold: 1) assess the impact of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting, retention, and family readiness; and 2) recommend appropriate changes, if necessary, to existing regulations, policies, and guidance in the event of repeal. The Secretary directed us to deliver our assessment and recommendations to him by December 1, 2010. This document constitutes our report of that assessment and our recommendations. The Secretary also directed us to develop a plan of action to support implementation of a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That plan accompanies this report.

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