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'Don't ask, don't tell' surveys due Sunday

By Ed O'Keefe

About 103,000 service members have completed a survey about repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Pentagon said.

The 400,000 troops who received copies of the survey in July have until Sunday to complete it. Military leaders will use the results to help determine how the rank and file might react if gays and lesbians could openly serve in uniform. A full report on the repeal's potential impact is due to President Obama by Dec. 1.

"It’s important for service members to fill out the survey if they received a copy," said Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and other military leaders have encouraged gay and lesbian service members to participate, saying their privacy will be protected. But gay rights groups consider the survey an expensive waste of time and money designed to give an imbalanced assessment of the opinion of the troops.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 13, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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its racist

Posted by: jiji1 | August 13, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

this survey......the potential to lie because it involves "feelings". No one ever likes their feelings exposed or are willing to expose their feelings on paper. Even if it is anonynomous.

and then the question.......
what will replace it????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Most people will not complete it because you still have to log in with your cac card or user id they say its safe and not tracable but i say bull..

I do surveys for money not for fun :)

Posted by: SurveyDash101 | August 14, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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