Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has undermined morale and unit cohesion
A study found morale and unit cohesion were not harmed in the first year after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed
The Palm Center, a think tank at UCLA, conducted a study examining the effects of the first year of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal. It found:
Even in those units that included openly LGB service members, and that consequently should have been the most likely to experience a drop in cohesion as a result of repeal, cohesion did not decline after the new policy of open service was put into place. In fact, greater openness and honesty resulting from repeal seem to have promoted increased understanding, respect and acceptance.
Service-wide data indicate that overall, force morale did not decrease as a result of the new policy, although repeal produced a decline in individual morale for some service members who personally opposed the policy change and boosted individual morale for others.