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Coast Guard settles suit with cadet over cadets-with-kids ban

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A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet who was expelled for becoming a father will get his degree as part of a legal settlement, his attorneys said Thursday.

Isaak Olson sued the academy in December after years of endeavoring to be reinstated as a cadet. He was two months from graduating, with a degree in mechanical engineering and a commission as an officer, when he disclosed in 2014 that his fiancée had given birth to their first child, according the lawsuit. "No one should ever have to choose between the honor of being a Coast Guard cadet and the honor of being a parent," Olson said Thursday in a statement released by his lawyers.

He said he was "thankful the academy has reached a settlement that recognizes my right to both." The Coast Guard Academy confirmed the settlement but didn't give details.

Olson was expelled under an academy regulation that barred cadets from having "any maternal or paternal obligation or responsibility," according to the lawsuit.

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