In a proposal that would go against a longstanding Pentagon policy, President Trump announced on Monday that he is considering a new policy that would greatly alter college football for players from service academies.
According to The Hill, President Trump’s potential plan calls to get rid of the waiver requirement for service academy players after two years of active duty. The proposal calls for a waiver that would grant service academy players immediate pro eligibility upon graduation, and let them serve their active duty after their playing career.
The announcement was made at the Rose Garden during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy to Army for their win over Navy in the annual Army-Navy game.
Such a proposal would be a huge boon for Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Army and Navy rarely send players to the NFL. But this proposal – if approved – certainly wouldn’t hurt their chances of getting some higher-quality football players who might want to go to the NFL over deployment.
Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and NBA champion David Robinson both served in the Navy for several years before starting their pro careers.
Most recently, Heisman trophy nominee Keenan Reynolds managed to get a service deferment to pursue his NFL career.