Following Tuesday's end of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Dan Choi says he'll re-enlist in the U.S. Army.

Choi is the gay rights activist honorably discharged from the Army for announcing nearly two years ago on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show that he's gay, a violation of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy which banned open gay service. He lost a final appeal of his discharge in July.

“Going back to the military will be a vindication,” Choi told POLITICO. “[I'm] going back because I fought to go back. The seriousness of our claims was not just political theater – it was really drawn from our lives. I sacrificed so much so I could go back.”

During a brief period in October during which the military was ordered by a federal judge to suspend enforcement of the policy, Choi attempted to rejoin the Army.

Over the past year, Choi has grabbed headlines protesting the policy. He was twice arrested after handcuffing himself to the White Hate gate. And he was among a handful of protesters arrested for blocking traffic on the Las Vegas strip with a large banner that read: “REID NO ONE CAN DO MORE?” a reference to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The West Point graduate added that repeal would not necessarily lead to acceptance in the military.

“People who believe that discrimination is somehow all erased will have a rude awakening,” Choi said.