Financial Analysis of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: How Much Does the Gay Ban Cost?: Authored by a Blue Ribbon Commission, February 2006. Please click here to see the data on which the report is based. Click here for media coverage of the story. Click here for GAO’s critique of the Blue Ribbon report, and click here for our analysis of that critique.
In February 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the costs of discharging and replacing service members fired for homosexuality during the first ten years of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. This report addresses oversights in the methodology of that report leading to an estimated cost of $363.8 million, of 91 percent more than originally reported.