Testimony on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By Gary J. Gates
July 2008

In this memo, submitted to a congressional subcommittee, Williams Institute Senior Research Fellow Gary Gates finds that an estimated 65,000 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces; in the absence of “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” (DADT), an additional 41,000 gay and bisexual men might eventually join the military; and the military could expect an additional 3,000 personnel to retain their positions each year if they could serve openly and not be subject to DADT restrictions.

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