Undersecretary of Defense Clifford Stanley says it will involve changing the policy, retraining leadership and implementing the changes.
The Pentagon says it expects the changes to begin being carried out service-wide next month.
Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman General James Cartwright said the military believes it will be better to begin moving "expeditiously" instead of dragging out the timeline for implementing the new policy.
Cartwright said a "feedback mechanism" is also in place, allowing military officials to compare notes every two weeks on what they have learned in the policy change process and any problems that have been encountered.
The general said that would allow the military leadership to quickly "react and move forward." President Obama signed a law last month repealing of the Clinton-era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" measure that prevented openly gay men and women from military service.
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