GAO: DADT cost almost $200 million over just the past five year

Besides the personal toll this took on the discharged servicemembers, what a colossal waste of money. From Amanda Terkel:

The military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which is set to be rolled back in the coming months, expelled 3,664 service members between 2004 and 2009, costing U.S. taxpayers roughly $193.3 million, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Of that money, $185.6 million was in replacement costs — money spent to recruit and train replacements for the gay and lesbian service members fired under DADT — and $7.7 million in administrative costs.

That means the average expulsion under DADT cost taxpayers $52,800, partly because a significant number of those discharged held a “critical occupation or important language skill,” the GAO reported.


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