(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed into law a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy Wednesday morning, ending the ban on openly gay troops.
According to officials, the 17-year-old policy will remain in effect in the near term, however, until the president, defense secretary and Congress certify the military is ready to implement a repeal. Then, a 60-day waiting period begins before the ban is officially removed from the books.
In the weeks ahead, the Pentagon is expected to revise policies and regulations to reflect the repeal, and train leaders on how to enforce the rules. More than two million service members across the military are also expected to be briefed on what is expected of them and what is not.
Among the expected changes is non-discrimination against a military applicant who may volunteer that he or she is gay.
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