U.S. Military Forces are Just Fine without "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":
The repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" has had no, "negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion,
recruitment, retention or morale," said the Huffington Post.
According to the study released by the Palm Center, "Some military members have complained of downsides that followed from the policy
change, but others identified upsides, and in no case did negative consequences outweigh
benefits. In balance, DADT repeal has enhanced the military’s ability to pursue its mission."
Overall, the study indicates there was, "no wave of mass disclosures of sexual orientation" and that while morale fell for some of members, it rose for others, indicating no net change.
One part of the study specifically targeted units where openly-homosexual members joined after the repeal. Based on their data, cohesion was not affected. Additionally, recruiting numbers are "robust," and there has been no new "violence or physical abuse
among service members," that would not have occured before the repeal. In fact, they said, "The policy change appears to have enabled some (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) service
members to resolve disputes around harassment and bias in ways that were not possible
prior to repeal."
Palm Center is a public policy think tank focusing on gender and sexuality in the military.