01 May '17, 9pm

DoD: Military athletes can no longer defer commitment to play pro sports

The Defense Department rescinded its revised pro sports policy less than a year after the 2016 change allowed military athletes to defer active-duty service so they could play professional sports. DoD officials released the news on Monday, four days after Air Force Academy athletes hoping to be drafted into the National Football League found out the Air Force wouldn’t approve waivers that would allow the cadets to join the Ready Reserve and sign with a football team. Graduates from the service academies will serve as officers for their minimum commitment of two years, according to Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White. The memo from the Pentagon, which cancels a May 5, 2016, memo, also affects recently commissioned ROTC graduates. “Our military academies exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and the lethality of our military services,” White said in a statem...

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