After going back and forth on this issue for several years, graduates of the military’s service academies can now delay their mandatory service and play professional sports instead, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced this week.
Esper released the guidelines for the graduates that want to play pro sports. They must get approval from the Secretary of Defense, and then agree to eventually fulfill their military obligation or repay the costs of their education.
This new policy stems from the meeting that President Trump had in May with the Army football team after the Cadets of West Point at the U.S. Military Academy were awarded the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the best military academy football team. The Black Knights from West Point won the award for the second year in a row.
President Trump said that while attending the annual Army-Navy football game he came up with the idea to let service academy graduates defer their service to allow them to play in pro sports.