President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memo to allow military academy graduates to pursue professional sports careers before serving in the armed forces.
President Trump's memo would reverse a long-standing Pentagon requirement that graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy begin their two-year active duty military service immediately after graduation.
Athletes at these schools and other military academies will now be allowed to defer their military obligations until the end of their athletic careers.
In the past, famous athletes such as Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Roger Staubach and San Antonio Spurs Center David Robinson deferred their sports glories for service in the military.
A statement from the White House said, "The President wants our military to be strong in all respects, even in athletics."
The memo gives the Defense Secretary 120 days to formulate and move forward with a plan.