WASHINGTON -- The chiefs of the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps say they will implement the new policy on allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
In prepared testimony, the leaders of the services said the training of the rank and file is under way and they are working to ensure compliance with the new law.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said that although a specific date for repeal has not been set, the service has begun the process for a quick transition. Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said Marine leaders were working to ensure compliance.
President Barack Obama signed the law last year repealing the 17-year ban. Training and certification by the Defense Department are required before the ban is lifted.