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Military Impact

 Military Impact/Recruiting/Retention

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, a well-known military analyst and Senior Fellow for National Security at the Family Research Council, has written a comprehensive analysis of the current law, it’s legislative history, and the consequences of repeal:


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In 2009, 1,167 retired Flag & General Officers for the Military personally signed a formal Statement to the President and Members of Congress, endorsing the current law and opposing any legislative, judicial, or administrative effort to repeal or invalidate the law.  The statement expressed concern about the impact of repeal on the military:

“We believe that imposing this burden on our men and women in uniform woud undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all echelons,have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force.”

Signatures were received from two former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several Service Chiefs, a number of combatant command, theater, and other major U.S. and allied force commanders, together with hundreds of retired flag and general officers who have led the men and women of our armed services at every echelon, in both peace and war, past and present.  

Their names are posted here.

When advocates of repealing the law tried to question the Flags & General Officers for the Military, CMR provided further information discrediting the opposition: