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 DADT survey currently available on-line and by mail
 Takes 20-30 minutes to complete
 Survey open for about a month
 Confidential dialogue at
 Call Public Affairs 481-7700 for more information
Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Posted 7/28/2010   Updated 7/28/2010 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Seidl
97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

7/28/2010 - ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  -- Military members and families have a unique opportunity to be heard in the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey currently available on-line and by mail.

Although legislation has been presented in the House of Representatives to change the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law (10 U.S.C. § 654), no changes will be made until after the current DoD review and after the President, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs certify that execution of the changes recommended are consistent with standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, family readiness, recruiting, and retention.

Approximately 400,000 servicemembers received an email and a letter directing them to the website on July 7. The survey should take 20-30 minutes to complete, and will be open for responses for about a month.

In early August, a survey will be mailed to approximately 150,000 family members. This survey is different from the July servicemember survey. The family member survey is due back in mid-September.

The survey is broken down into three sections:

· The first portion of the survey asks the servicemembers base-line questions regarding their overall experiences in the military

· The second portion of the survey asks servicemembers about their past experiences serving with individuals they believed to be gay or lesbian

· Thirdly, the last portion of the survey asks servicemembers about attitudes and impacts regarding retention and referrals, unit cohesion and effectiveness, privacy, and family readiness should the law be repealed

The results of the survey will help the Comprehensive Review Working Group and leadership plan policies and training by assessing the servicemembers' attitudes about the impact of repeal, should it occur and DOD policy change. The CRWG will use this information to understand issues and assess impacts associated with repeal, as well as focus education and training efforts, inform policy development, and help develop an action plan for implementation.

A confidential dialogue is also being set up via a web-link at Servicemembers can use a non-DoD personal computer at a later time to access this dialogue. It will be available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST), 7 days a week for the duration of the servicemember survey. The dialogue is for any servicemember who would like to provide input on impacts of a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in a confidential setting. All responses will be confidential and no personally identifiable information will connect respondents with specific answers.

It's important to remember that the survey is not a referendum to change the law. This survey will help leadership assess the impacts, if any, repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" might have on the standards mentioned above. It will also help DoD develop an action plan to support effective implementation if repeal occurs.

For more information on the survey and website, please call Public Affairs, 481-7700.

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