Full repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” could begin as early as this summer, according to The Washington Post.

The daily is reporting that military officials will make an announcement on Friday outlining how it will proceed on implementing repeal of the 17-year-old law.

Congress agreed to end the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly during last month's lame-duck session, but implementation won't happen until top Pentagon officials and President Obama certify that the military is ready for the change.

Friday's announcement will outline a 3-month training plan, paving the way for full implementation by this summer.

The plan addresses personnel, recruiting and other regulations that must be changed.

“The changes affect how troops are recruited, trained and discharged, as well as how same sex partners will be treated in terms of various health and other benefits,” the paper wrote.

During Tuesday's State of the Union address, Obama told Congress and the nation that the ban would be lifted this year.

“Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love,” Obama said.

That prompted gay service groups to call on the president to quicken the pace of implementation.

“We need to make 'Don't Ask' repeal a reality sooner rather than later,” Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the largest group which lobbied for repeal of the law, said in a statement.

“It is also encouraging to see that the President and First Lady recognize that LGBT troops are very much part of the fabric of our military families. However, we need to bring more visibility and awareness to that reality too,” he added.