Pentagon study ‘backs allowing gays to serve openly’

Allowing gay troops to serve openly in the US military would carry only a low risk to fighting ability, a Pentagon study has found.

The survey also found a large majority of personnel would have no problem serving with openly gay comrades.

Defence Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to repeal the ban but said the military would need careful preparation before a new policy was implemented.

Under the ban, gay troops may serve but must hide their sexual orientation.

The report, ordered by Mr Gates, lays out how repeal would affect “unit cohesion”, benefits, housing and training.

It broadly supports arguments by opponents of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that the US military could adjust to openly gay comrades.

 

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