It was the most comprehensive survey of military personnel in U.S. history, and now a long awaited Pentagon report is out and it supports a major change in policy.
The Pentagon surveyed 115,000 troops and more than 40,000 military spouses to find that a majority are okay with repealing the don't ask don't tell policy.
The Pentagon said it sees little risk in overturning the policy in a time of a war even with a higher opposition to a repeal in the Army and Marines.
"The key to success, as with most things military, is training, education and above all strong and principled leadership," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
Military leaders said the change could be made without major long-term problems.