by Patrick Appel
Mark Thompson does some reporting:
There's talk of up to 18 months for the Army and Marines [to follow through with repeal], less for the Air Force and Navy. But such a lengthy time frame is not likely to win approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who championed repeal.
But it will take months. The services have to draft training and communications plans to educate the force, rig personnel policies to accommodate the change, and figure out how benefits will be adjusted. Once they have everything in line, the Pentagon will declare it is ready to allow gays to serve -- and then there will be a final 60-day period before they do.