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DADT Repeal on Track for Mid-Summer Certification

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A House Armed Services subcommittee heard from top Pentagon officials on Friday that the process for implementing the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" is on track and that the process to certify the full repeal could occur in mid-summer.

Friday’s hearing was the first time officials publically mentioned a potential target date for when certification of the repeal could occur.

The repeal law signed into effect last December requires President Obama, Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mullen to certify that operational readiness has not been affected by implementing the repeal. In the meantime, the DADT policy remains in place. When Obama, Gates and Mullen sign the certification, it will begin a 60-day countdown that will result in the full repeal of DADT and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Each of the services have their own training timetables: the Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard say they’ll finish by the end of June, and the Navy at the end  of July. The Army thinks it will finish training its active duty soldiers in mid-July and its Guard and Reservist by mid-August.

Appearing before the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Cliff Stanley and Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, both said mid-summer looked like the target date for that certification to occur.

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