The results were released to the media, specifically the Associated Press, last Friday. The number one concern of male members is being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault. Thousands of those submitting the questionnaire indicated that they may leave service altogether as a result of such a move.
Other top concerns were the possibility of preferential treatment of some Marines and concerns that personal issues or pregnancy could interfere with a unit prior to being deployed to battle. Some have indicated that the results of the survey show that sensitivity training will be necessary to ensure that the change goes as planned. “I think there is this sense among what I would imagine is a very small minority of Marines that this male bastion is under siege and this is one more example of political correctness,” said David J. R. Frakt, a military law expert and lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserves. The Marine Corps, which is primarily male, also resisted changes to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and has now adjusted to that change – most expect that the newest change will go similarly.