In April of last year, Barack Obama said he's confident he could end the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military, but he won't make it a criteria for serving on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "I would never make this a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Obama said during an interview with The Advocate. "What I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology," he said.
Of DADT he said ending the policy, is something he could "reasonably" get done if elected. (Reasonably?? What does that mean??) "There's increasing recognition within the armed forces that this is a counterproductive strategy - ya know, we're spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn't make us more safe," he said.
Nothing seems to be happening though. Over a year later it's a case of if you are gay, then stay away (from the military).