The Pentagon is expected to roll out a plan Friday outlining the steps the nation's armed services needs to take to integrate openly gay soldiers into its military ranks.
The plan will give the services three months to train their forces in implementing the law allowing gays to serve openly. It will describe will describe three levels of training for troops, commanders, and administrators and recruiters.
News of the training comes after President Barack Obama declared in his State of the Union address that he repeal of the Pentagon 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy" would soon be a reality.
"Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love," Obama declared In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
"It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation," he added.
Upon completion of the training, the president and his top military advisers must certify that the ban would not harm troops' ability to fight. The law would take effect two months after certification.