In my experience, Jeffry, as an AF officer who served prior to DADT, things actually got worse after the “compromise” policy. Standards of evidence were actually relaxed, and unit commanders who wanted to could discharge people more easily than before DADT.

Many of my friends and former colleagues in the Air Force saw the DADT era as a time of witch hunts.

LGBTQ people who had been serving comfortably and quasi openly (like I had done) found themselves at risk of discharge at any time.

I don’t know of the numbers bear it out, but people I knew thought DADT made things worse instead of better.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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