Three Ways DoD is Slighting Troops who Support 1993 Law

 On August 15 the Defense Department concluded their massive survey of 400,000 military personnel, which did not meet the expectations of Congress for several reasons.  Most importantly, the survey did not ask the key question, “Do you favor retention or repeal of the law?”  Nor did it ask about the recommendations of gay activist groups promoting repeal of the 1993 law, such as mandatory training and education to ensure acceptance of the LGBT agenda, and career penalties to enforce “zero tolerance” against anyone who disagrees. 

Still, as I wrote in this article, the vehement attacks from the gay activist groups who didn’t want the Pentagon to “engage the force” at all have been stridently ridiculous:

The Pentagon’s selectivity problem does not center on the number of troops asked to fill out the survey—400,000 is an over-sized number.  The problem is that the Defense Department  is signaling that it has already has taken sides and is not interested in hearing from personnel who support the current law.  The plan has been to “engage” only some of the troops.  It is not surprising, therefore, that Stars & Stripes reported that only 27% of the 400,000 troops receiving surveys via email have answered them.

Orchestrated Focus Groups

This article describes the Pentagon’s quest for opinions from active-duty troops meeting in focus groups around the country: 

Once again, Secretary Gates’ “Comprehensive Review Working Group” (CRWG) is showing a peculiar obsession with polling homosexuals who are not even eligible to be in the military.  CMR has heard from several sources that the focus groups are not going well for advocates of repeal.  However, since the opinions of people who support the current law are not being sought or recorded, the results of these meetings will be whatever the DoD interprets them to be.  This comment, which followed the Stars & Stripes article, surely represents the views of thousands of active duty service members:

“Why exhaust scarce US tax dollars pretending and going through an elaborately orchestrated public motion cajoling the force?  [It is] actually rather insulting to solicit feedback from war weary troops in the field implying that our obviously derisory viewpoints on a major DoD organizational culture change could somehow count for something.  Marching in step to an unpopular party line is a military tradition, but being exploited so publicly to contribute so little to a final perfunctory PR ploy in this predetermined grand political pomp is a new low in US government politics.”

- Written by Spartacus Sam, 4 August 2010 17:17

The Family Survey --- Questions Not Asked

Now comes the Pentagon’s third effort, a survey of military family members being sent out this week. 

Again, the LGBT activist groups are furious that the survey is even taking place, even though it omits many questions that the DoD should have asked.  For example, the survey asks about social events with same-sex couples, but not about “Diversity Day” events to celebrate lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in the military. 

The DoD survey question inquiring about the distribution of printed materials about homosexuality is less than serious.  But family members should have been asked about recommendations for mandatory LGBT instruction in military educations and training programs, and in DoD schools and child care centers run by the Department of Defense—the largest such systems in the world.   

The DoD survey of military families does not ask about “zero tolerance” policies that could end their spouse’s career; nor about retroactive admittance and promotions of homosexual personnel.   It asks about the number of times the spouse was deployed, but does not ask about the type of military unit or community he or she is in; i.e., infantry, Special Ops, submarines, combat service support, etc.  The connection between repeal and “family readiness” is very tenuous.  The DoD may be looking for narrow responses that will allow them to claim family members see “no problem.” 

As for opinions about controversial, problematic proposals that activist groups have recommended to implement repeal ─ we won’t get answers because the Pentagon did not ask. 

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