Servicemembers United issued a Press Release yesterday revealing that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy is disproportionately used against minority members of the military.
The DOD discharge data – which included the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy – revealed that out of 619 total DADT discharges in FY08 from these services, 279 (or just over 45%) were non-white. The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, however, reported at the beginning of FY08 that 71% of the active duty force was white. … Women in the military were also hit especially hard by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law again in FY08. While women comprise approximately 15% of the armed forces, they made up more than a third (34%) of DOD discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in FY08.