CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Nine Citadel cadets asked a federal judge Wednesday for permission to become defendants in a lawsuit challenging the military college's all-male admissions policy.

The cadets want the trial to consider how admitting women would affect the Citadel's 2,000 male students. If Shannon Faulkner wins her lawsuit, it would have ''a serious and irreparable impact'' on the cadets' education, the nine said in court papers.

The college, its governing board and the state are already defendants.

''We wanted to give our side of the story. We're the ones who will really be affected,'' said Michael Haro, one of the cadets.

''There's nothing against her (Miss Faulkner),'' Haro said. ''But her pursuit of her rights is also infringing on mine.''

U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck didn't immediately rule on the male cadets' motion.