Colorado Ties: Pentagon Says Academy Athletes Must Serve Before Going Pro


Colorado Ties: Pentagon Says Academy Athletes Must Serve Before Going Pro

Some associated with Robinette and his pre-draft preparations said Saturday morning that they hoped to argue that since Robinette had been working under the guidelines of the Department of Defense ruling for months and that the draft had already started when he was informed, that he could move into the National Football League under the guidelines in place before the Air Force's decision.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Subsidies of the United States Air Force Academy and United States Military Academy at West Point.

Robinette had taken extra classes over the winter in order to graduate ahead of schedule and be ready for the NFL Draft.

"Officers appointed from cadet or midshipman status will not be voluntarily released from active duty principally to pursue a professional sports activity with the potential of public affairs or recruiting benefit to the DoD during the initial 2 years of active commissioned service". But as far as the Air Force goes, their hopefuls will need to serve for two years out of school before exploring pro sports opportunities.

On Thursday, the first day of the 2017 NFL Draft, wide receiver Jalen Robinette received sudden bad news from the Air Force that he was ineligible for the draft. But AFA will not approve applications for ready reserve.

As noted by the Washington Post, that policy did acknowledge that professional athletes can help with recruiting efforts, which is why the active duty commitment was cut down.

At this time previous year, the Department of Defense revised its policy to allow service academy graduates to apply for the ready reserve so they could sign immediately with professional sports teams.

Military service academy athletes are no longer allowed to head directly into professional sports after graduation.

"Coming into it, this ruling wasn't even in existence", Steelhammer told The Denver Post Sunday.

Robinette says he is not going to stop playing football just because of the new rule. "Getting a great education, and the list goes on". The team is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver participated in the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the scouting combine this past February.

Garland, the current Atlanta Falcons lineman and Air Force grad, was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in April 2010 and placed on their reserve/military list that September while he fulfilled his two-year active duty commitment.



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