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Thread: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

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    "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    The Pentagon recently sent out an Email survey to our troops to get their opinions on Don't Ask Don't Tell.

    Pentagon sends out "don't ask, don't tell" survey - CNN.com

    If a majority of the troops are opposed to allowing gays to serve in the military, should the government still change the rule?

    This is purely hypothetical. If you have no opinion or don't know, please only say that in a post.

    These options may be a little confusing, so here is my example response:
    I am against DADT, but if 60% or more soldiers are in favor of DADT, don't change it. So I'd choose Option C.


    Please read each response carefully and choose which percentage would effect your opinion:
    A. I am against DADT, and it should be repealed no matter what.
    B. I am against DADT, but if 75% or more soldiers are in favor of DADT, don't repeal it
    C. I am against DADT, but if 50% or more soldiers are in favor of DADT, don't repeal it.
    D. I am against DADT, but if 25% or more soldiers are in favor of DADT, don't repeal it.
    E. I am against DADT, but if 1-24% of soldiers are in favor fo DADT, don't repeal it.

    F. I am in favor of DADT, and it should not be repealed no matter what.
    G. I am in favor of DADT, but if 75% or more soldiers are against DADT, repeal it.
    H. I am in favor of DADT, but if 50% or more soldiers are against DADT, repeal it.
    I. I am in favor of DADT, but if 25% or more soldiers are against DADT, repeal it.
    J. I am in favor of DADT, but if 1-24% of soldiers are against DADT, repeal it.

    If there is a specific percentage that would effect your opinion, feel free to talk about it in a post.
    Last edited by Jucon; 07-08-10 at 11:43 AM.

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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    While I am waiting for you to get the poll results typed in, I don't see where the survey asks if people support repeal of DADT, it asks how a repeal would effect various aspects of military life and readiness. The repeal is almost certainly going to happen(and should), I think the survey is to determine what types of training will be needed, and find potential problems in advance and solve them before they become problems.
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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    This poll hurts my eyes.
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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    A majority of the population was against integrating the schools too, and they were wrong. Just because a majority believes something doesn't mean it's right, especially when dealing with rights. The founding fathers were worried about the "tyranny of the majority" for reasons just like this.

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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    While I am waiting for you to get the poll results typed in, I don't see where the survey asks if people support repeal of DADT, it asks how a repeal would effect various aspects of military life and readiness. The repeal is almost certainly going to happen(and should), I think the survey is to determine what types of training will be needed, and find potential problems in advance and solve them before they become problems.
    True. I'm still curious how people feel one way or the other, even if we may not find out how our soldiers feel about DADT.

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    Haha, sorry.

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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    As one who served, I didn't care where you stuck your junk. If you don't make your service about your genitalia, Don't care.
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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    I think some of our users need to take a class on creating a proper poll.

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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    A majority of the population was against integrating the schools too, and they were wrong. Just because a majority believes something doesn't mean it's right, especially when dealing with rights. The founding fathers were worried about the "tyranny of the majority" for reasons just like this.
    You sum it up very well. Rights aren't something that should be subject to or at the mercy of popularity polls. Wrong is wrong even when "the majority" agrees with it.

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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    True. I'm still curious how people feel one way or the other, even if we may not find out how our soldiers feel about DADT.
    When I served, we were never asked out opinions on changes, we were just told that this is how it would be. That is appropriate. It's not up to rank and file military people to decide policy, it's up to the chain of command.
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    Re: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Soldier Survey... Change it no matter what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    When I served, we were never asked out opinions on changes, we were just told that this is how it would be. That is appropriate. It's not up to rank and file military people to decide policy, it's up to the chain of command.
    Definitely agree. It's not up to the soldier to decide what he or she thinks. Whatever the military decides to do is what they will have to accept.

    Hopefully they will repeal it. Maybe we can progress this whole 'gay marriage' debate through the military's action. Perhaps it will bring about more public acceptance of reality.
    Last edited by fredmertz; 07-08-10 at 05:10 PM.

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