Gay Activist and Veteran Dan Choi Re-Enlisting

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Dan Choi is a West Point graduate and an infantry officer in the US Army who served in combat in the Iraq war during 2006-2007. He was discharged officially in June of last year after revealing that he was gay. In a recent statement, Choi said he began the process of re-enlisting in New York on Sept. 22, two days after the end of the policy.

Since his discharge, Choi has become an activist and has loudly fought against the policy. Choi was arrested several times while protesting against DADT outside the White House. Choi says he’s uncertain on the effect those arrests might have on his re-enlistment.

After Choi’s came out publicly, he and other gay West Point alumni formed Knights Out, an organization of West Point alumni who support the rights of LGBT soldiers to serve openly. Knights Out offers “to help their alma mater educate future Army leaders on the need to accept and honor the sacrifices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.”