The Nation: Mom, the Cadet

At the Air Academy, pregnancy is okay, but not marriage

Score a minor military victory for women. The Air Force ruled last week that pregnant cadets no longer need resign, or face expulsion from the Air Force Academy. They may simply go on "excess leave," without pay or allowances. The junior service concluded that they deserve the "equal protection" guaranteed any other cadet burdened with "temporary conditions that preclude participation in training." Like anyone with an incapacitating illness, a pregnant cadet may return to the academy's Colorado Springs campus when her "temporary condition" no...

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