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July 13, 2010
Military Spends $4M To Survey Soldiers About Gays
Congress recently set a new standard for waste by choosing to spend $4M on a survey for U.S. soldiers. Generally, surveys are a good thing--they collect data, show trends, gauge interest and expose waste, so what's the problem? This survey does none of those. Its purpose: to help government understand how much soldiers know about the homosexual lifestyle, and how it applies to the military.
In a time when schools are being forced to close, homeowners are losing homes to foreclosure and unemployment hovers around 10% it's hard to understand why tax money is being spent on ‘gay' surveys. Even gay advocacy groups are warning soldiers not to take the survey. The Washington Post has more:
A gay rights group pushing for a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is warning gay and lesbian service members not to participate in a Defense Department survey distributed this week to active-duty and reserve troops.
The Pentagon is studying the potential impact of repealing the gay ban and on Wednesday began e-mailing troops a link to a survey with more than 100 questions. The survey will be included in a final report due to President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen by Dec. 1.
But the nonpartisan Servicemembers Legal Defense Network reminded gay and lesbian service members on Thursday that the military is still enforcing the gay ban and that completing the survey could result in a discharge.
To read the entire $4M survey click here:
Joshua Jamison lives in Boston, Massachusetts and writes for The Raw Deal