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Top Ten West Point cadet resigns over DADT – unwilling to 'compromise her Integrity'

Knights Out, a group of LGBT alumni of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and their allies announced that Cadet Katherine Miller outed herself to her superiors and has tendered her resignation.

Ranked # 9 in her class overall, she routinely “super-maxes” her physical fitness tests.  One of her blogs was featured in the Sunday print edition of the Washington Post as part of “The Gray Zone: West Point on Leadership.”

In her resignation letter, she cites the kinds of experiences she is unwilling to continue to endure:

I have created a heterosexual dating history to recite to fellow cadets when they inquire. I have endured unwanted approaches by male cadets for fear of being accused as a lesbian by rejecting or reporting these events. I have been coerced into ignoring derogatory comments towards homosexuals for fear of being alienated for my viewpoint.  In short, I have lied to my classmates and compromised my integrity and my identity by adhering to existing military policy.

While at the academy, I have made a deliberate effort to develop myself academically, physically, and militarily, but in terms of holistic personal growth I have reached a plateau. I am unwilling to suppress an entire portion of my identity any longer because it has taken a significant personal, mental, and social toll on me and detrimentally affected my professional development. I have experienced a relentless cognitive dissonance by attempting to adhere to §654 [colloquially known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”] and retain my integrity, and I am retrospectively convinced that I am unable to live up to the Army Values as long as the policy remains in place.

Miller will be transferring to Yale University this fall on a Point Foundation Scholarship. She has indicated her desire to become an Army Officer should the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy be removed, and gay and lesbian people allowed to serve freely. “This is a loss to the Academy and to the Army,” said Becky Kanis, West Point ’91. Kanis is Chair of Knights Out, and a former Captain and company commander. “We keep losing talented people needlessly while we wait for the Pentagon’s ‘review.’ ” Miller has been blogging anonymously about lesbian culture at West Point at as “Private Second Class Citizen.”

The full letter is below the fold, an exclusive to the Blend.  This was provided to the Blend by Outserve (formerly known as Citizens for Repeal, which represents gays and lesbians on active duty in the military). According to the organization Cadet Miller is not under any commitments with the military, so she will face no legal repercussions.


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