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We’re about a month and a half away from the actual repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the military’s long standing policy on keeping LGBT soldiers in the closet or face discharge.

With the pending repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, service members who’ve been discharged under that policy will be able to once again enter the military, free of the stigma of hiding their identities in order to serve their country.

On July 22, President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen certified that the U.S. military is ready for open service in accordance with the repeal law signed in December, starting the 60-day period for when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be a thing of the past on Sept. 20.

Gay service members discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be able to re-enter the armed forces from that point forward. Some service members whose separations received media attention said their affinity for military service leaves no doubt in their mind that they’ll re-enter the military as soon as possible.