Don't ask, don't tell: law or DOD policy? Deciphering the differences

In 1993, Congress passed a federal law banning homosexuality in the armed forces. The DoD created a policy to implement the law, but the language of this policy allows for homosexuality in the armed forces provided it be kept silent and a person does not act out on his/her homosexual preferences. For the past sixteen years, some aspects of the law and the DoD policy have been in conflict; yet many persons inside and outside the military do not realize this ..."--Abstract.