US Navy Surveys LGB Sailors to Assess Post-DADT Readiness
The Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control has teamed with Palo Alto University in California to survey homosexual Sailors to determine their psychological and emotional health.
“The repeal of this policy really implemented a culture change for the U.S. military and it’s incredibly important to comprehend how this shift is not just impacting our people, but also affecting readiness,” said Capt. Scott Johnson, NCCOSC director and a Navy medicine psychology expert, in a statement Wednesday.
Navy Capt. Scott Johnson appears to be the first US official to openly admit the repeal of DADT “really implemented a culture change,” while most others have publicly said it was a “non-event.”
The implication that there has been an impact on readiness is interesting, given that even supporters of repeal (and the DoD itself) have claimed there has been no change in military readiness. Given that repeal was years ago, it is unclear how a new survey of 400 homosexuals — the survey’s target demographic — would be the penultimate source to provide data to support a declaration of military readiness. Presumably, the Navy would have to survey its entire population, not 400 homosexuals, to figure out the effect on readiness.
It is also somewhat unusual for the military to specifically target such a tiny demographic, especially one that was never supposed to be singled out at all, according to the original plan for repeal.
Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness said this was an indication homosexual activists were pressuring the military to provide data to advance their agenda:
But Donnelly argues the anonymous, web-based survey is really more about demands for the LGBT faction than it is military readiness. “[Things like] benefits for same-sex marriages, access for transgender people to the resources of the United States military. This is still on the agenda,” she states.
The CMR leader concludes by saying the survey is actually intended to build a perception of military support for programs that aren’t necessarily in the best interests of the armed forces as a whole.
The survey caps years of activist reports claiming the repeal of DADT has had no effect (positive or negative) on the US military.
Despite the apparent focus on homosexuals, to date the military has not conducted a survey of its troops to determine if they have been adversely affected by the military’s push to openly accept homosexuality, or to what degree their religious freedom has been affected by this “culture change.”
If you’d like to participate in the survey, you can do so here.