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Who knew this was even possible?
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis scrapped a policy Monday that allowed some military academy athletes to turn pro right after graduation.
In a memo, Mattis said all graduates of the military academies and the Reserve Officer Training Corps will have to serve at least two years of active duty before being allowed to consider offers from the NFL, the NBA or other professional sports organizations.
"The military academies and ROTC exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and lethality of our military services," Mattis said.
"During their first two years following graduation, officers will serve as full-fledged military officers carrying out normal work and career expectations of an officer who has received the extraordinary benefits of an ROTC or military academy education at taxpayer expense," he said.
The action by Mattis reversed the Defense Department policy enacted in May 2016 that allowed promising military athletes to defer active duty to allow them to play pro sports.
The Mattis memo came four days after Air Force Academy athletes hoping to be drafted into the National Football League learned that the academy would not approve waivers that would allow them to join the Ready Reserve and sign with a football team.
Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana White said the change in policy would take effect for this graduation class ...