Lesbian Cadet Katherine Miller Rejected For Readmission To West Point

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Katherine Miller, a lesbian who resigned from West Point last year, has had her bid for readmission nixed.

Miller sought to rejoin the academy as the military moves to end its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. She reapplied when Congress voted to repeal the law in December.

Since the repeal is not in effect yet, officials at the U.S. Military Academy had no choice but to reject her application.

Miller left West Point in August, halfway through her stint at the academy, saying she couldn’t lie about her sexuality anymore.

“While the don’t ask, don’t tell policy was recently changed and will be repealed, the effective date has not yet been determined,” said Lt. Col. Sherri Reed, the academy’s director of public affairs, in a statement. “Due to this situation, West Point is unable to offer her readmission at this time.”

Miller enjoyed attending the historic academy and had thrived there, ranking ninth in her class when she left. But she said keeping her sexuality a secret violated the academy’s honor code and nagged at her conscience. She added that it was hard for her to remain silent when her fellow cadets made derogatory comments about gays.

She filed her resignation just as she was to begin her junior year. The 21-year-old from Findlay, Ohio, instantly became a prominent face in the debate over gays serving openly. Miller was accepted to Yale University, but she missed the camaraderie at West Point and re-applied late last year.

There was no immediate comment from Miller on the academy’s rejection.

The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is to go into effect 60 days after the president and senior defense advisers certify that it won’t hurt troops’ ability to fight. Training for service members began around March 1 and could be finished by summer’s end.

“While at the academy Ms. Miller remained in good standing and had done exceptionally well academically, militarily and physically,” Reed said. “The choice to seek re-admission is available to her once the repeal process is completed.”

Under President Bill Clinton, the military in 1993 adopted it’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as a compromise that let gay men and women serve so long as they stayed silent about their sexuality. Clinton had wanted to repeal the ban entirely, but the military and many in Congress argued that doing so would disrupt order.

What do you think of the decision to reject her? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • TomNJ

    If she is so smart and such a good student, then she must have known she could not get back in just yet. This symbolic attempt at re-admission has its roots in a pay day somewhere down the road. Just watch and see.

    • Rodin

      So? Isn’t Amerikkka the “land of opportunity???


      Whatcha beetching ’bout, my fellow Amwerikkkan??

  • Rodin

    Stay at Yale and get a real education!

    Join the Army after you finish your degree, if you want. Have the best of both worlds… and the last laugh.

  • jerseyjoey

    This is a publicity stunt, shes building a case for a movie and a book deal. Go figure, hollywood is full of gay producers and NYC is full of gay publishers.

  • Joe

    They should just let her back in

  • RJ

    Does anyone believe she really wanted back in? It appears that she was looking for nothing more than the media attention she sought when she left USMA for Yale last summer.

    If she really wanted to serve, she should never have left, just as did about a hundred of her peers at the Point when change was so close on the horizon. And if she was expecting to return, she got some really, really poor counseling from those who backed her departure.

  • Johnson

    Since she left after her second year, won’t she be finishing up her undergrad education at Yale by the time she would restart her West Point experience? Why go back if you already have your degree?

  • Rod in

    If she starts giving it up to the boys, like a good cadet, she’ll be re-admitted.

  • Roy

    yale/west point………..sounds like a tough choice to me,then again ,you have to pay for a yale education……….

    • RJ

      Actually, you don’t have to pay for a Yale education unless your family exceeds some very high income thresholds. Same for Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. She also had an additional scholarship.

  • Marco Luxe

    Give the girl a deferred acceptance. Duh. It happens all the time in academia.

  • mdr

    Thank you, Michael H., for sticking up for us all.

    • badman

      yeah, Michale H actually sounds like an informed, educated, reasonable guy. What the h3ll is he doing here?!

      • Michael H.

        I ask myself the same question on a daily basis.

  • Junior

    Wait until they repeal the law, then reapply, if she does not get accepted she can sue and would probably win.

    • Michael H.

      The law has been repealed but there are certain steps the military must take before the DADT policy ends. Those steps, codified in the law, have not been completed yet.

  • Robert

    Most of the women in the military are probably lesbians anyway…as least they won’t be getting knocked up by the male cadets. Let her in.

    • Michael H.

      Women in the military often find themselves being raped by their male counterparts, so no, the lesbians aren’t safe from getting knocked up.

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