Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Costs Pentagon $363 Million

Discharging troops under the Pentagon's policy on gays in the military costs $ 363.8 million over 10 years! This is almost double what the goverment concluded a year ago.
A private report, to be released Tuesday by a University of California Blue Ribbon Commission, questioned the Goverment Accountability Office's ways, when it established that the financial impact of the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy was at least $ 190.5 million.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which has represented service members who left the military under the policy, estimates the Pentagon has discharged more than 10,000 service members for homosexuality since the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy went into effect in 1994.
That's nice. First the Pentagon discharges people from the military, who actually want to serve this country, because they are gay. Then endure's costs of $ 363.8 million dollars having to train replacements, and recruit more soldiers. So discharging gays from the military is not only discriminatory, but financially devastating , as well. Since this goverment tends to see things only in dollar signs, maybe the $ 363 million dollar cost will change their views on allowing gays to serve in the military.