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National Guard Boots HIV-Positive Military Cadet

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according to NBC News. After officials became aware of his status, the student was dropped from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and the Vermont Army National Guard; he also lost his ROTC scholarships and health and dental insurance.The student received paperwork saying he was "not medically qualified" to serve because of his HIV status.

Even in 2022, when those living with HIV can keep their viral loads undetectable through a treatment regimen, the Defense Department still disqualifies anyone with HIV from enlisting or being appointed as a commissioned officer at a military academy or enrolling as an ROTC scholarship cadet.

Just last month, a federal court ordered the Defense Department to end "a long-standing policy forbidding enlisted military service members from deploying in active duty outside the continental U.S.

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