The military service academies are all following the spirit of a nearly one-year-old law that allows cadets and Midshipmen who have children while enrolled to continue their education, even though the Pentagon is nearly a year behind schedule on releasing a formal policy.
A Department of Defense official told Military.com that the formal written policy enabling cadets or Midshipmen to retain parental guardianship while attending an academy “will be published soon.” The Candidates Afforded Dignity, Equality and Training legislation, known as the CADET Act, was passed by Congress in December 2021 and gave the Pentagon a year to codify the changes.
“The CADET Act is a complex issue which required several policy and legal reviews and decisions,” said the official, who spoke on background. The complexities of the rule change have required an “intensive and longer-than-anticipated” collaboration with the military services.
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As the Pentagon continues to lag on the formal Department of Defense Instruction, called DoDI, the official said that the Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy and Naval Academy are all following the spirit of the CADET Act in the meantime.
“When, and if, presented with a cadet or Midshipman who states they are a parent or parent-to-be, the service academies consider each case on an individual basis, consult with their…