A Rand Corporation study commissioned by Les Aspin, at a cost to taxpayers of $1.3 million dollars, looked into the issue of gays in the military. It was July of 1993.
With 75 credentialed experts from the National Defense Research Institute including sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, historians, doctors, lawyers and national security experts, they scoured the globe to research the issue. They studied a wide range of topics including unit cohesion and military readiness.
But their 500-page report was hidden from public view, and the Pentagon refused to talk about it. Luckily, the report summaries were leaked to the New York Times, sending military officials into a frenzy.
The report’s bottom line was this: Sexual orientation alone is “not germane” when considering who should serve.
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Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]