The bill would allow the Defense Department to end the ban 60 days after military leaders receive a report on the ramifications of openly gay and lesbian soldiers and certify that doing so would not disrupt the armed forces.
This. Right. Here.
Recently the Navy underwent a uniform change. It took more then five years after it was announced that the new uniforms were being wear tested by certain units before the uniforms actually became available to the fleet. Even then, it was still a two year phase-in process for the entire fleet to get them.
If finding out how uniforms will fit the fleet takes nearly ten years to accomplish, can you imagine how long it will take to to finalize a report on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military? I could most likely retire before being allowed to serve openly would happen. It is a step in the right direction, but it's also a very long road ahead.
But here's the kicker. While not officially open in the military, most people know who the gay men are. Many don't hide it. It's different with the women. But that is due to the sad fact that even though the military has been open to women for decades, harassment still occurs more frequently than most know. Racial harassment still occurs. For the simple fact that people will be people. Navy Times publishes 'Don't ask, don't tell' surveyResults of survey of active duty personnel
This information is telling. While the slight majority of people seem to not mind gays being open in the military, that same slight majority is uncomfortable being in close quarters with them. It's a bit of a catch 22.