The Ban On Homosexuals And Its Effect On Force Readiness, Recruitment, Or Retention, And Prevention Essay

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Today’s military is a cross-section of America that is stronger than ever, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said while marking five years since the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military was repealed. The Department of Defense policy ‘Don 't Ask, Don 't Tell’ (DADT), instituted in 1994 by the Clinton administration, prohibited those who “demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from military service because their presence “would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.” In 2011, President Barack Obama lifted the policy and contrary to popular prediction, the repeal has not had a negative impact on force readiness, recruitment, or retention.
Politicians, organizations, and everyday American citizens alike have rallied with diverging sentiments while both formal and non-formal actors play their respective parts in the DoD repeal of DADT legislation. The near-term reality of the DADT repeal may include heightened stressors and risks for lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) military personnel, including (a) a continuation of sexual stigma and prejudice and resistance to the policy change, (b) a potential spike in sexual-orientation-based harassment and victimization, (c) difficult decisions about remaining concealed or disclosing sexual orientation, and (d) the potential that military mental health providers will have little recent experience
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