In anticipation of the SOTU address, here are a few updated DADT numbers to think about, courtesy of Gary Gates at UCLA’s Williams Institute:
“An estimated 66,000 lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals are serving in the US military, accounting for approximately 2.2% of military personnel.”
“Lifting DADT restrictions could attract an estimated 36,700 men and women to active duty service along with 12,000 more individuals to the guard and reserve.”
“Since its inception in 1994, the “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” policy has cost the military between $290 million and more than a half a billion dollars.”
Gates’ full research brief can be found here.