Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's pledge to reinstate the military's ban on gay troops serving openly is technically feasible but not necessarily likely, The New York Times reported.

The Republican candidate for president told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that she would work to reinstate “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy set to expire on September 20 that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

“The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy has worked very well,” Bachmann said.

“I would be in consultation with our commanders, but yes, I probably will reinstate the ban,” she added.

The Times noted that in theory Bachmann could easily accomplish this.

“[B]ecause Congress did not require the military to allow open service, a new president could order his or her new secretary of defense to issue new regulations that effectively reinstate the ban, said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which advocates for gay and lesbian troops,” the paper wrote.

Sarvis, however, added that legislative reinstatement of the ban would be difficult and resistance to change from military leaders, who prefer consistency, would be strong.

“This is not going to be a very easy thing to undo,” Sarvis told the paper.

(Related: Michele Bachmann's gay comments praised by Chris Barron.)