ACADEMY CADETS WHO HAVE KIDS MUST LEGALLY GIVE THEM UP — THE CADET ACT WOULD CHANGE THAT
By Maggie BenZvi | September 05, 2021 | Coffee or Die Magazine
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Dear [Senator/ House Rep],
I urge you to support H.R.4883/S.2376, Candidates Afforded Dignity, Equality, and Training (CADET) Act of 2021. This bill would rectify the injustice and cruelty resulting from the current DoD policy that requires the five military service academies to expel cadets who become pregnant or father a child during their time at school and offer more humane alternatives.
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Current DoD policy states “cadets must not have dependents” (DODI 1322.22) which means in practice that a cadet or midshipman facing an unexpected pregnancy must either abort the pregnancy or permanently sever parental rights after birth in order to graduate as a commissioned officer. Those who want to have the child and retain their parental rights face resignation, expulsion, or the uncertain and tortuous prospect of regaining severed parental rights through legal adoption of their biological child after graduation. No other parts of the military, to include civilian ROTC programs, are subject to this harsh and inflexible policy.
The CADET Act would bring the rights and responsibilities of cadet parents more in line with those that apply to the broader military by allowing these cadets more compassionate alternatives like the creation of a Family Care Plan (assigning temporary guardianship for the child) or the ability to transfer into a ROTC program to finish their education and commissioning requirements.
Moreover, the CADET Act will support our military women, as it seeks to dismantle the disparate impact currently felt in practice by female cadets and midshipmen. Whereas male cadets need only keep their paternity a secret from service academy officials, female cadets are unable to hide their maternity. They bear the heart-wrenching choice between terminating a pregnancy or abandoning their educational and military career ambitions. The CADET Act would eliminate this unnecessary dilemma and allow these future military officers both family and career.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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