The Pentagon just released its study of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a day early with an eye toward the Senate voting on it during the lame-duck session.
Headline numbers: 70 percent of troops believe the effect of repealing DADT would be either positive, mixed, or none. The big opposition remains in the Marines, where 67 percent of those surveyed in combat units say the presence of openly gay troops would have a negative impact in the field and at sea.
One key quote:
Repeatedly we heard service members express the view that 'open' homosexuality would lead to widespread and overt displays of effeminacy among men, homosexual promiscuity, harassment, and unwelcome advances within units, invasion of personal privacy, and an overall erosion of standards of conduct, unit cohesion, and morality. Based on our review, however, we conclude that these concerns about gay and lesbian Service members who are permitted to be "open" about their sexual orientation are exaggerated, and not consistent with the reported experiences of many Service members.
At 267 pages, the Pentagon's study is a serious read. Get started. Grab your copy here, as a PDF, and tell us what you see in the comments.
UPDATE: Here's Rachel immediately following the report's release: