Gay sailor Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels (born Jason Daniel Knight) was reinstated in the U.S. Navy on Monday after twice being discharged under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the recently repealed policy that for 18 years banned gay and bisexual service members from serving openly.

Daniels, a 29-year-old Hebrew linguist, was discharged for violating “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” in April 2005 and again in March 2007.

“Today, I took an oath and affirmed to defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I am humbled as I am reinstated to the job I love and by the enormous support I have received on this momentous day,” Daniels said in a statement. “I look forward to returning to the Defense Language Institute, my career in the military.”

Daniels first entered the military in 2001. On his July, 2004 wedding night, Daniels accepted that he's gay and moved to get his marriage annulled. In explaining his changing circumstances to the Navy, Daniels acknowledged his sexuality and was subsequently discharged.

Two years later, the Navy recalled Daniels and he served in Kuwait for a year with the U.S. Navy Customs Battalion Romeo before he was discharged a second time after he spoke to Stars and Stripes about serving openly in the military.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) represented Daniels and two other service members in a 2010 lawsuit seeking their reinstatement to active duty.

“The reinstatement of Petty Officer Daniels into the United States Navy underscores that all qualified and needed service members are now officially welcomed back into the ranks,” said SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis. “The new policy and regulations in this post-repeal era make this historic occasion possible. We continue to work with our clients and the services to facilitate more reinstatements and help process applications for those discharged under DADT, who wish to serve their country again, whether it be on active duty, in the reserves, or in the guard.”