It's been two years since the military made its biggest civil rights move since 1976.
To the military, the ensuing 24 months have resulted in nothing to report.
"Nothing to see here," one public affairs officer after another said when first asked about the results of the military accepting gay and lesbian troops.
Fort Carson wouldn't consent to an interview on the topic, saying it's a nonissue.
Since Congress overturned a ban on openly gay military members, local bases say there have been so few problems that they can't recall any. Now the military is leading the way to acceptance of openly gay couples, moving this month to enact same-sex benefits for couples married in states that recognize their union.
"I can't tell you what's in every military member's heart in terms of whether they support it or not," said Col. Brett Oxman, a rabbi and chaplain with Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs. "But, the fact is, there no such thing as half-heartedly doing something."
The military led the way in racial integration after President Harry Truman ordered an end to Jim Crow policies in 1948. The military moved to integrate women into the ranks and at service academies in 1976.
Unlike those changes, which are easily measured with statistics, the Pentagon has no idea of the true impact of accepting gays. The military doesn't track troops by their sexual preferences.
For more than a decade, the military had accepted gays, sort of. Under a Clinton-era policy dubbed "Don't ask, don't tell," gay troops could serve as long as they kept their sexual preferences secret, and commanders couldn't quiz them to reveal an answer.
That meant there were gays in the ranks.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs said reality, combined with a rigorous training program, meant there were few ripples when the acceptance of gays was enacted.
"On the day it all changed when we all came to work it was a nonissue," Davis said "It has been a nonissue ever since."
That may seem odd in view of the strident arguments that preceded the change. Groups, including Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, warned that accepting gays in the military would have devastating impacts.
Fears included a drop in recruiting, destruction of morale within units, and the unwillingness of straight troops to fight, shower and live alongside openly gay comrades.
Focus on the Family didn't respond to interview requests on the topic.
On the other side of the argument, Fred Sainz with the Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign said none of the feared impacts took place.
"They have proven to be totally incorrect," Sainz said.
Air Force Academy senior cadet Jeremy Dimmick said the move that expanded his rights was greeted without a sound.
"Once it was made official things got really quiet," said Dimmick, an openly gay cadet who leads "Spectrum," an academy sponsored club that brings together gay cadets.
Dimmick concealed his sexual orientation from comrades at the academy for two years before the policy change. He feared that he was violating the first rule of the school's rigid honor code: "don't lie."
"Based on the academy's definition, my first two years here were a lie," Dimmick said. "Now it's OK to be honest about yourself."
Not everything is perfect.
Sainz said the military's next frontier will involve the ban on transgender troops.
Commonly used derogatory terms for gays remain in the lexicon of troops. Spend a hour at a training exercise and you'll likely hear the phrase "that's so gay."
But the military is making strides on language, too, said Air Force Capt. Michelle Reinstatler, an English instructor at the academy and the officer in charge of Spectrum, regularly corrects cadets when they use such language.
It's like using terms of race that were acceptable a century ago, she said.
In the military, acceptance of race and sexual preference now has the force of laws. When cadets use unacceptable terms, Reinstatler has a simple response.
"That is no longer legally valid," she said.