Trump tells Pentagon to let military academy athletes go pro after graduation


President Trump on Wednesday issued a memo directing the Pentagon to allow athletes at military academies to play professional sports directly after they graduate from the schools.

The memo, which was released by the White House on Wednesday evening, states that the policy will help the military academies to better compete against other colleges, benefiting the schools and the student athletes.

“Highly talented cadets and midshipmen who receive the extraordinary benefits of an education from an Academy or through a ROTC program at taxpayer expense should be able to both take advantage of the short window of time during which playing professional sports is realistically possible, while also honoring the commitment they have made to our Armed Forces and our country,” the memo states.

The new policy would reverse a rule implemented by the Trump administration in 2017, which allows athletes to accept a waiver that allows them to play pro sports after two years of active duty.

Trump said in May that he was considering making a change to policy at a Rose Garden ceremony with the US Military Academy.

“I’m going to look at doing a waiver for service-academy athletes who can get into the major leagues, like the NFL, hockey, baseball,” he said at the ceremony.