Accession Number : ADA543863


Title :   Navy and Marine Corps Officers' Attitudes Toward the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Ferguson, III, Leo


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a543863.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 165


Abstract : The present research seeks to identify trends in the attitudes of Navy and Marine Corps officers toward the policy known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), which was enacted in 1993 and bars homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military. The study includes a survey of Navy and Marine Corps officers, administered in October through November 2010 at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The study replicates similar research conducted at NPS in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2004. Data analysis focuses on identifying trends in attitudinal changes over the past 17 years. Survey results show that a majority of Navy and Marine Corps officers in 2010 support allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces. Additionally, trend analyses suggest that acceptance of homosexuals in the military has steadily increased since the first study was conducted. The NPS project tracks the entire history of DADT, and the findings should prove useful to scholars, military leaders, and policy makers when the repeal of DADT is implemented.


Descriptors :   *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , *MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL , *OFFICER PERSONNEL , *NAVAL PERSONNEL , *HOMOSEXUALITY , INEQUALITIES , THESES , POLICIES , DISCRIMINATION


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE