BA638_Assignment 6.1

BA638_Assignment 6.1 - BA 638 Assignment 6.1 (Chapter 11,...

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BA 638 Assignment 6.1 (Chapter 11, Question 11) Background Question (from text): Is don’t ask, don’t tell a sound policy? If not, what should the military do regarding gays and lesbians? Is don’t ask, don’t tell a sound policy? Obviously, this is a topic that our author needs to update during the next re-write. The question should read, “Was don’t ask, don’t tell a sound policy?” Regardless, my answer is no. I think the policy had good intentions in the beginning, but the policy was actually a step backward in our nation’s civil rights movement because it made it legal to discriminate against a class of people. The logic behind this legalized discrimination was that permitting openly gay service would affect unit morale, cohesion, and operational effectiveness because there was so much prejudice against homosexuals. There are many logical reasons and arguments that support the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, which was implemented in 1993and repealed on September 20, 2011 (SLDN, n.d.). Unfortunately for those who believed the argument about homosexuals negatively impacting unit cohesion, there was no empirical evidence to support this talking point. In fact, there was evidence to the contrary, which was either ignored or hidden by the Defense Department over the years. The first report came in 1957 and was commonly referred to as the Crittendon report.
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