"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Does the Gay Ban Undermine the Military’s Reputation?

Title"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Does the Gay Ban Undermine the Military’s Reputation?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBelkin, Aaron
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Volume34
Issue2
Pagination276-291
Date Published05/2007
Abstract

This article asks what impact, if any, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy might have on the U.S. military’s reputation. Original empirical research is presented to suggest that the policy harms the military’s reputation in four ways: the policy is inconsistent with public opinion, it prompts many journalists to criticize the armed forces while attract- ing almost no favorable media coverage, it provides a vehicle for antimilitary protest- ers to portray military culture as conflicting with widely accepted civilian values, and it is inconsistent with the views of junior enlisted service members. (Sage Journals)

URLhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0095327X06294621
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