Cadet Katie Miller, who resigned last year in protest over the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy has reapplied to West Point Academy and been rejected. From the Huffington Post:
Officials at the U.S. Military Academy said they had no choice but to reject Katherine Miller's application, because the repeal of the policy barring gays from serving openly in the military is not in effect yet. The repeal did not occur immediately after President Barack Obama signed the legislation in December as training and certification are required before the ban is lifted.
Miller's statement via Outserve:
Although I am deeply saddened that I will not be readmitted to West Point, I understand and respect the decision. The Academy and the military are required to abide by a strict DADT repeal implementation timeline, and readmission would violate that timeline. My intent has never been to receive “special treatment” but rather to serve alongside my comrades as an equal.I intend to graduate from Yale University and join the military through Officer Candidate School. I harbor no resentment toward the military and I look forward to the day they deem it appropriate for me to put the uniform back on.
Another reason to step on the gas for certifying repeal, OMG (Obama, Gates, Mullen), you're missing out on good recruits.
And what is this I hear about ROTC programs returning to campuses if the military is still discriminating in the recruitment? Wasn't discriminatory practices the heart of the conflict?