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Gates to announce senior-level review on gay ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing plans today for a yearlong study into how the military would lift a ban on gays from serving openly in the military and the impact it might have on the force.

According to U.S. officials, the study will be co-chaired by a senior Pentagon civilian and a senior uniformed officer.

In addition to the review, Gates will provide details on plans to loosen standards for enforcing existing rules. Gates is expected to tell a Senate committee he would use as much legal latitude as possible when it comes to implementing the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which is based on the 1993 law.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been publicly released.

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