Certification for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or the go-ahead from top Pentagon leaders that the U.S. military is prepared to implement repeal of the longstanding ban on openly gay service members, is expected to come on Friday, July 22, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News. Although the DADT policy was repealed in December 2010, certification from military leaders and the president is necessary to implement repeal.
Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported:
Top Pentagon leaders will notify Congress as early as Friday that the Defense Department is ready to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military, officials said, a landmark moment after almost two decades of controversy.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen are expected to certify tomorrow. President Obama will still need to certify that the proper preparations for repeal have been taken.
A 60-day waiting period will follow official certification of DADT repeal. If Panetta, Mullen, and Obama certify tomorrow, the policy will be officially dead on September 20.