Call me crazy, but I’m confident volunteers in today’s military have more discipline and dedication than implied here:
Elaine Donnelly, of the non-profit Center for Military Readiness, warns that scrapping “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” could drive people out of the military. “Combined voluntary and involuntary losses of careerists in communities, grades, and skills that are not easily replaceable could break the all-volunteer force,” she says. An unscientific survey of U.S. troops by the independent Military Times newspapers last fall showed 51 percent opposed lifting the ban.
Let’s run with this. Why not, right? Given the age breakdown of opposition to DADT, the cohort most likely to be responsive to Donnelly’s concern are older officers, particularly colonels/captains and generals/admirals. On the one hand, the desire to continue one’s career is a powerful adhesive. On the other, if those guys end up leaving, maybe Defense Secretary Robert Gates will have his “brass creep” problem solved for him.