How A Deaf Teacher is Inspiring His Community and Changing the Rules of Entering the Military

If you don’t know already, anyone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing is currently not allowed to joining any branch of the military. Cadet Keith Nolan is ready to change all that, and he’s inspiring his students along the way.

The young teacher first started off by creating the Cadet Corps at the Maryland School for the Deaf two years ago, where he leads a team of students.

And now he’s set on changing the laws to any deaf person to join the military if the so choose, which he had wanted to do himself since he was 18 years old.

“I want to show there are no barriers,” he told The Military Times.

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Keith’s efforts have already resulted in the passage in an eponymous bill, which requires the Air Force to provide a demonstration program to assess the abilities of anyone who is hearing impaired.

Keith has also received the support of a few legislators, including Rep. Mark Takano of California. Referencing Israel’s Defenses, which allow deaf individuals to join, he said, “Their example shows that this policy can be effective in some of the most tense and dangerous military arenas.”

In the meantime, Cadet Nolan will continue teaching his students, leading them through challenges of both mental and physical strength.

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