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