A Pentagon review of "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) found that ending the policy of banning openly gay individuals from serving in the military would have little lasting impact on the United States armed forces, according to media reports.
While the study group, which was chaired by Defense Department Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army General Carter Ham, concluded that eliminating the 17-year-old policy would have no widespread disruptive effects, Republican leaders and some military personnel want DADT to remain in place.
According to CNN, the Pentagon's research included surveys, focus groups and a variety of other assessment methods. Congress is expected to review the report this week. President Barack Obama has asked legislators to repeal DADT before the lame-duck session ends.
On CNN's "State of the Union" on Nov. 27, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) defended the law. He claimed that the current policies are working because the military is at its highest point for recruitment and retention.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) responded to McCain during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."
"Gay members of the military have served for decades and there hasn't been a problem with our military being the finest in the world," she told the news provider.
A recent survey conducted by the Center for Security Policy and the Family Research Council revealed that 63 percent of active duty and retired military members oppose the overturning of DADT.