Army Trains for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

By Staff | February 17, 2011 | 6:21 PM EST

Washington (AP) - The Army's chief of staff is starting at the top to train officers in how to comply with the new law allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Army officials hope to have all soldiers trained by mid-August.

Gen. George Casey launched his force's training Thursday with a slide show in the Pentagon for a group of Army four-star generals.

The 17-year-old law that forced gays to keep their sexuality a secret won't officially be repealed until 60 days after the president, defense secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman certify that repeal won't harm the military's ability to fight.

The Marines, Navy and Air Force also have all either started their training or are in the process of training those who will do the teaching.