In the Pentagon study, 27% said the repeal would negatively impact their willingness to recommend joining the military to a family member or friend, (pg. 69). Twenty-three percent said they would leave earlier or consider leaving earlier as a result of the repeal, (pg. 69) – with 26% in the Army saying that and 38% of Marines saying it would impact their retention, (pg. 210). They also noted a greater risk to officer retention since they have greater flexibility in their retention decisions, (pg. 110). Also interesting to note 12% of spouses said they would want their serving spouse to leave the service earlier than planned, (pg. 4).
This issue has not been talked about much, but is a serious unintended consequence nonetheless. Statistics indicate that retention and recruitment will be a problem if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed. We are at war, and war is no time to take a chance with our armed forces just to appease the liberal special interests.
So the very people who are celebrating its repeal may also be called upon to serve as a result.