The MSM are beating the drums for this and ignoring any negative data in the report.
Looks like most of the troops will hold their noses and accept this. A lot of wives don't like it. What a surprise! Lots of people among the actual fighters in the ground forces don't like it. Another big surprise! Most people will continue to soldier, at least until they are vested for retirement.
Some gay activists have said that service members who don't like this should leave. OK. Will we see a surge in enlistments for the combat arms among openly gay people to replace those young people from conservative families who decide not to serve? How about a draft to make up any shortages?
I expect that over extended periods of time the force will become a haven for homosexuals in the same way that the Catholic clergy and religious orders have become such havens. The HIV/AIDS rates among such are astronomical.
Will this affect effectiveness? I do not know.
There are enough who are opposed that it is likely there will be some ugly incidents.
There are some stupid recommendations, i.e., don't let them have married family quarters. How are you going to do that if they are married in whatever state they are residing in? The report says that soldiers should not be forbidden to accept their religion's belief that homosexual acts are sin, but that if they display such belief then they can be punished or transferred. Where?
Traditional Army garrison life will come to an end with this. The Army I was raised in will be gone. The social life of units will largely end. Nearly all the people who were surveyed have no knowledge of service in a peacetime force. The Army is mostly about life in peacetime. By my calculation of the history of my village (the US Army) the Army has been at war about 50 of the 235 years of the history of the Republic. I do not include the constabulary campaigns against the Indians.
Are West Point grads looking forward to same sex marriages at graduation in the Cadet Chapel? I doubt it.
I am opposed to this coming change but I am of a different generation, several generations actually. pl