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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Your Tax Dollars at Work

The Cost of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'
Commentary: OutRight
By Dale CarpenterPublished on 03/02/2006

Here are portions of his article:

A new study from the University of California estimates the financial costs of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, under which more than 10,000 gay service members have been discharged since 1994. The total estimated cost of about $363 million for the first 10 years of the policy (1994-2003) is a low-ball figure, according to the study. While that figure is not much in relation to the gargantuan annual federal budget of $2.7 trillion, any amount spent on excluding otherwise eligible Americans who want to serve -- especially in wartime -- is a waste of taxpayers' money.

The report breaks down the financial cost of firing service members for homosexuality under DADT into four discrete categories: recruiting costs for enlisted service members; training costs for enlisted service members; training costs for officers; and separation travel costs. Let's take a look at each of these:

Recruiting costs for enlisted service members fired for homosexuality: $79.2 million.

Training costs for enlisted service members fired for homosexuality: $252.3 million.


Training costs for officers: $17.7 million.


Separation travel costs: $14.3 million.

Finally, "financial costs" alone do not measure all the costs -- in broken careers, broken lives, broken families, in the dignitary loss to gay Americans in general -- of having a policy that expels Americans who want to serve their country simply because we learn they're gay.


I hate to say it but I fear that the military would lose billions before it would lift the policy. This is just one more reason that I sometimes wish everyone who is GLBT would wake up tomorrow morning with skin the color of lavendar.


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1 Comments:

Blogger Pat Kirby said...

Hee. It would be a shock to all those gay haters, wouldn't it? "Eek. We got homosexuals next door!"

10:07 AM PST  

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