Trump allows military academy graduates to play pro sports

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon on Wednesday to allow graduates of the US military academies to play professional sports before fulfilling their two-year active-duty military requirement.

Trump’s memo to the secretary of defense reverses a Pentagon requirement that prevented sports stars at the US Military Academy, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy from joining professional teams immediately after graduation and hurt recruiting of top athletes at the schools.

The new rules, which will also apply to members of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, will allow the athletes to defer their military obligations until they have completed their professional sports careers. — Reuters