Thursday, August 30, 2012
ISRAELI STUDY FINDS THAT OPENLY GAY SERVICEMEMBERS DO NOT UNDERMINE MILITARY COHESION
The study can be found here: http://bit.ly/PAxJI3
The authors surveyed 417 male Israeli soldiers from 22 military installations. Statistical analysis of responses to the survey indicated that for both combat and non-combat units, the presence of openly gay troops in a unit had no relationship to the cohesiveness of the unit. Israel has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military since 1993.
Prior to the repeal of DADT in September 2011, some military and political leaders predicted that a policy of open service would undermine unit cohesion in the U.S. military.
The new study of the IDF, entitled Unit Social Cohesion in the Israeli Military as a Case Study of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, appears in the current issue of Political Psychology and is available at http://www.palmcenter.org/. For the Palm Center’s earlier analysis of gays and lesbians in the IDF, see http://www.palmcenter.org/files/IsraelShortOnline(2)_0.pdf
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