More women than men discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

According to a review of DoD records by the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, women are being disproportionately discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The controversial policy, banning openly gay servicemembers, has been in place since 1994.

The Palm Center, a think tank at USC, conducts research in “the areas of gender, sexuality, and the military.”

Records provided by the DoD show that the Air Force dismissed 56 women and 34 men in FY2008. The other branches also removed a disproportionate number of women. Though women make up just 14% of those serving in the Army, 36% of those soldiers removed under the policy were women.

Other factors that may contribute to the women/men discharge rate were not reported.v