Former Cadet Katherine Miller, who made headlines when she left West Point last August because of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, will not be readmitted to West Point after all. Miller is a spokesperson and Service Academy Field Manager for OutServe, the association of LGBT actively serving military personnel.
Miller released the following statement:
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.
West Point’s official statement said, in part, “At this time, former Cadet Katie Miller has not been offered re-admission to the U.S. Military Academy. While the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was recently changed and will be repealed, the effective date has not yet been determined. Due to this situation, West Point is unable to offer her readmission as current DADT policies remain in effect…While at the academy Ms. Miller remained in good standing and had done exceptionally well academically, militarily and physically.”
“This is just one more of the costs of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy,” said Jonathan Hopkins, spokesperson for OutServe. Hopkins graduated # 4 in his West Point class in 2001, and went on to serve three combat tours as an Infantry officer before being discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Hopkins added, “Because DADT is still in effect, West Point loses an outstanding candidate. We all look forward to the end of the repeal process so that we can get on with recruiting and retaining the best soldiers, period.”
OutServe is an association of actively serving LGBT military personnel. With over 3,000 members and 42 chapters worldwide, it is the one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world. OutServe works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity. For more information, go to www.outserve.org.