When Admiral Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman, blew everybody's mind this month by advocating an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," it was easy to be skeptical. Perhaps you suspected, like John McCain and Ted Nugent, that Mullen wasn't speaking for the military's rank-and-file members. After all, the all-volunteer force isn't widely recognized as a progressive institution.
That may be changing, though. On Wednesday, Military Times released results of a services-wide poll that showed officers and enlisteds across all four branches are more accepting of gays in their ranks, and less comfortable than ever with DADT. That gels with today's anecdotal story that no subordinates are calling Mullen out on DADT in his occasional Q-and-A sessions with them.