Thursday, May 27, 2010

More on "don't ask, don't tell"

In the last post, Steve Sailer suggested I look at Americans born after 1954 since many born prior to this time would have been subject to the draft.  This strategy reduces the sample size substantially, so I threw in bisexuals with homosexuals, which yields 23 gay men and 13 lesbians (not enough, really). The percentages ever serving in the military are as follows:

Percent ever serving

Straight men 13.6
Gay men 17.4
Straight women 2.5
Lesbians 7.7   

Based on these more recent numbers, and once again assuming 3 percent of all men are gay and 1.5 percent of women are lesbian, "don't ask, don't tell" is an issue for about 3 in 1,000 Americans.


Scott said...

If you threw bisexuals in with the gays, should you use a percentage of gays + bisexuals to calculate how many people DADT affects?

Steve Sailer said...


I think your original numbers, with their big sample size from WWII, was likely more accurate for women, since women weren't drafted ever. That showed about an order of magnitude difference in sexual orientation for women volunteers.

"Daddy told me Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines
I had heard WACS recruited old maids for the war
But mommy isn't one of those,
I've known her all these years.

Daddy's all right, mommy's all right
They just seem a little weird.

Anonymous said...

Tag typo!