April 27th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Miller ’12 rejected from West Point

Former cadet Katie Miller ’12, who transferred to Yale this year from the United States Military Academy at West Point in reaction against the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy,” has been denied readmission to West Point, the Associated Press reported today.

Miller, who identifies as a lesbian, reapplied to the academy after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — which prevents gay members of the military from serving openly — was repealed in December 2010. But since the repeal has not yet been put into effect, West Point officials told the Associated Press they had to reject her.

In a phone interview tonight, Miller said she had learned of the rejection earlier this month and does not harbor any resentment against the military.

“I respect this decision from West Point, and I understand where they’re coming from on the implementation and the timeline [for repeal],” Miller said. I don’t want special treatment in being readmitted if they’re not re-enlisting gay service members.”

She added that she still plans to rejoin the military in the future.

Miller will appear on the Rachel Maddow Show tomorrow night at 9 p.m. Check back later tonight for more on Miller.