RAND Releases Study on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

December 1, 2010

RAND was asked by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on sexual orientation and U.S. military policy in order to inform discussions about the possible repeal of the law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." RAND has a long history of providing objective research to aid important public policy discussions. The study updates a widely cited report completed in 1993 prior to the creation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. It examines implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; public and military opinion on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve without restriction; research on sexual orientation, unit cohesion and performance, and recruiting and retention; and experiences of domestic agencies and foreign militaries. The full study is now available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG1056.html.