Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-06-21
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

DADT survey gets little feedback
by Chuck Colbert
2010-08-18

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


A Pentagon survey, seeking the views of active duty troops about openly gay service, has apparently fallen on hard times. Department of Defense spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told CNN that just two days before the Aug. 15 deadline about 104,000 of the 400,000 100-question surveys had been returned. But the 26-percent response rate, Smith said, is typical for a questionnaire of this size.

Two weeks earlier, Stars and Stripes, a military publication, reported only a 10-percent response rate, which may have prompted Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remind troops of the surveys' importance.

"Your responses to this survey will help assess the impact of a change in the 'don't ask, don't tell law' and associated policy on military readiness, effectiveness and unit cohesion, should such a change occur," Gates wrote. "The end result: more informed decisions."

The ultimate purpose of the survey is to inform the Pentagon working group on how to implement a policy change when Congress repeals 17-year old "don't ask, don't tell" ( DADT ) federal law. Senate and House panels have already approved a repeal measure. The full House has also approved repeal. The full Senate is expected to take up the issue next month. A final working group report is due to President Obama Dec. 1.

The survey, however, has drawn fire from DADT opponents. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a legal services and advocacy organization, warned gay soldiers not to complete the questionnaire after the Defense Department would not guarantee anonymity and protection against being discharged under the current policy for participating in the survey.

Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay veterans, said he is not surprised the survey has generated yawns among active duty personnel.

"From what we are hearing, troops have little interest in this survey and simply just don't care about this policy change," he said. "While the Department of Defense and Westat [ the research firm behind the survey ] are spinning the low response rate to the 'don't ask, don't tell' survey as expected and sufficient, neither are disclosing the fact that the military leaders have had to put significant pressure on troops on multiple occasions to even get this level of response."

Nicholson added, "Some commanders and senior leaders have even told subordinates that participation is mandatory. These occurrences further degrade the credibility of this survey's methodology and violate ethical standards that prevent researchers from compelling respondents to participate in survey research."

Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a public-policy institute affiliated with the University of California, Santa Barbara, puts the low response rate in historical and political perspective. "The reason so few troops have filled out their surveys is that, as objective data have shown for years, most just don't care if gays are allowed to serve," he said. "The depiction of repeal as some mysterious, complicated process is incorrect."

In addition to the survey, the Defense Department is seeking confidential comments on line. Pentagon spokeswoman Smith told CNN that 67,000 people have responded to date. That number includes 2,450 active-duty troops, with 280 of them self-identified as gay men or lesbians, offering their views.

Copyright 2010. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Chuck Colbert


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Pentagon Considering 6 Month Delay in Policy Change Allowing Trans Recruits 2017-06-23
City salutes LGBT military veterans in Daley Plaza ceremony 2017-06-15
Chelsea Manning speaks on leaking documents, fighting for trans rights in jail 2017-06-09
Retired generals urge Mattis not to reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell for trans 2017-06-07
LGBT veterans' monument unveiled in Lake View 2017-05-29
American Veterans for Equal Rights, Lakeside Pride Marching Band in parade 2017-05-27
LGBTQ veterans to dedicate Halsted monument, celebrate 25 years on Memorial Day 2017-05-21
Chicago, 14 Other Cities to Host "Welcome Home, Chelsea Manning!" Events 2017-05-16
Chelsea Manning makes statement on release 2017-05-16
OutServe-SLDN doubles size of Board of Directors, former Chicagoan new member 2017-05-09
Chelsea Manning, Legal Team Statements on Upcoming Release 2017-05-09
Outserve-SLDN expands Legal Services Department in anticipation of increasing calls 2017-04-28
Current, former military faculty members alarmed by nominee for Army Secretary 2017-04-28
Trump nominates radical anti-LGBTQ state legislator to lead U.S. Army 2017-04-07
LGBT military concerned by impending nomination of Mark Green as Army Secretary 2017-04-05
'Women of Courage'exhibit in March 2017-03-28
LGBTQ military and veteran monument backers gather at Sidetrack 2017-03-22
LGBTQ veterans plan Halsted St. monument honoring LGBTQ military service, seek support 2017-03-15
OUTVETS excluded from Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017-03-08
Celebrating Women of Courage includes photo tribute to military women 2017-03-01
No veteran advocates at White House VA listening session, OutServe-SLDN comments 2017-02-07
Federal judge who ruled on constitutional protections for gays dies 2017-02-01
The USS Bonhomme Richard introduces Navy's transgender policy change 2017-01-27
Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted 2017-01-18
Next Sec. of Defense indicates he will not change open LGBT military service 2017-01-11
LGBT military group calls on Mattis to express support for all service members 2017-01-11
Fulton and Chicagoan Altenburg named to Board of Visitors of U.S. Military Academy 2016-12-30
Army Secretary Fanning praises Pres. Obama for world's most inclusive military 2016-12-16
Chelsea Manning vigil on Dec. 17 2016-12-06
VA cancels plans to provide transition surgery to trans veterans 2016-11-23
31 retired military officers warn of dfforts to politicize personnel policy 2016-11-18
LGBTQs mark Veterans Day 2016-11-12
Cyndi Lauper part of Nov. 12 veterans' concert 2016-11-09
Lauper part of Nov. 12 veterans' concert 2016-11-03
Air Force woman's drone piloting trauma told in play Grounded 2016-10-18
MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Trans military officer recounts life 2016-10-12
Trump's position on trans military service part of anti-LGBTQ platform 2016-10-03
Palm Center sees steady progress in integrating transgender service members 2016-10-03
Quigley pushes for transgender equality at the VA 2016-09-13
SPARTA names new president after trans military policy victory 2016-08-30
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.