President tells Army-Navy players that service can be deferred until after pro careers

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The commitment to serve that comes with attendance at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy has been the subject of shifting and changing standards in recent years, as it relates to whether service can be deferred until after a professional sports career.

On Saturday, the current Commander-in-Chief touted while attending the annual Army-Navy game a shift in policy that permits athletes at the service academies to delay their service.

President Trump told the players that they now have the chance “to make a fortune, and after you’re all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve and everybody’s thrilled.”

The President apparently thinks this will help recruiting; he joked to Army coach Jeff Monken, “It probably gives the coach no reason to ever lose another game.”

It made for a more positive visit to the annual Army-Navy game by the President than his first visit, three years ago. After he had been elected but before he had been inaugurated, then-President-elect Trump told CBS broadcasters Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, “I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football.”

57 responses to “President tells Army-Navy players that service can be deferred until after pro careers

  1. As taxpayers, we are being cheated. Train someone to fight and then no access to those skills for maybe a decade and you get a broken down body. Probably be better to just let services academy persons buy out their commitment at the cost of tuition plus a penalty with the ability to rescind if we are at war.

  2. It makes sense to do this. Very few guys are actually good enough to go to the NFL, so this won’t lead to a flood NFL players. It’s good promotion to have academy guys playing on national TV, so they will be doing a service to the military while playing in the NFL. Then there’s plenty of time to actively serve later.

  3. sbdt says:
    December 14, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    I’ve seen better governing from Mayor McCheese

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    It’s interesting he has the same skin color as Trump. Maybe they’re related?

  4. There’s very few service academy players good enough for the NFL, so it won’t change much and it probably won’t help recruiting much because most players that think they can make the pros probably would want to go to a better football school.

  5. As a Veteran Rep.[ Ret] ..I would have to see the legal statute proof for this act.It opens up a can of worms from multiple angles.The first is what takes precedence in time of war ?..football or service commitment?..If a football career injures a football players body, how do they pass the physical required by the service to reenter and if they cannot, would that make them exempt
    from their commitment ? This whole thing sounds tongue and cheek to me and I do not see this coming to fruition. db

  6. pftcancer says:
    December 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    That’s not what the enlistment paperwork says though…………..

    Something tells me the President, aka The Commander in Chief, can have that amended.

  7. Somehow, I don’t think an athlete who becomes a multimillionaire is going real gung ho about having to risk his neck in active duty.

    Not everyone is willing to be a Pat Tillman, sorry to say.

  8. I’ll bet the players all got a little nauseous when captain bone spurs showed up . The American coward who is in the process of dividing America

  9. The president was in attendance in his role as “commander in chief”. At halftime he wore a red “Keep America Great” campaign hat out onto the field with “Trump 2020” on the back.

    I had my “Beat Navy” hat out while watching the game in honor of my father and his brother who both served in the Pacific in WWII. My uncle died in the war.

    I’ll let readers decide for themselves whether combing commander in chief duties with campaign garb is appropriate.

  10. I can assure you Florio would never let anyone post anything negative about Obama. I thought this was a sports page and not a sounding board for liberal democrats.

  11. vancouversportsbro says:
    December 14, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    President trump: “I also hereby introduce Tom MacDonald at the anthem singer for the rest of the year and Colin Kaepernick

    I wish he could do that

  12. Everyone on this thread talking that ish about our President is a certified bish. You should all go cry yourselves to sleep on your little Princess pillows.

  13. omeletpants says:
    December 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm
    Trump is best President since Reagan

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    Day by day Trump makes our country stronger as he removes every last bit of Obama’s legacy

  14. The recent British elections show just how relevant Twitter and online ramblings are to reality. Shout people down long enough and they stay quiet, until Election Day.

  15. He didn’t say do what you love and after you’re finished playing come fulfill your service commitment.

    He said: “Make a Fortune then fulfill your service commitment.

    The juxtaposition he was making was unsaid: I deferred service and made a fortune and now I am serving and everyone’s thrilled. He was making an excuse for his own behavior.

    The truth is he didn’t defer service, he avoided it by cheating. Nor did he make a fortune. He inherited it.

    He attacked Mueller, Vidman, and Taylor, all decorated military men (Taylor is a West Point graduate). He attacked McCain (a Navy man) for his service of endurance under capture, mocking him for being captured.

    His juxtaposition is obscene.

  16. If the thumbs up/thumbs down here is any indication of the 2020 election, enjoy another 4 years snowflakes!!!!

  17. The hypocrisy of you Trump haters is amazing. I dont see you mentioning Biden getting 5 deferments from draft

  18. omeletpants says:
    December 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Trump is best President since Reagan
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    Reagan would be considered a liberal these days if you actually looked up his profile. As much as I disliked Romney when he was running for President, he was right about Putin being or biggest problem. Now Putin helped Boris with Brexit and Trump spends more time with him than or allies.

  19. Well at least all of the detractors can look at the true respect and affection the military has for President Trump. A President that truly respects the military. Completely opposite of the previous administration.

  20. this is as partisan as the house of representatives!! chill peeps, its football/sports…not cnn/msm…..relax!

  21. Lots of haters and insensitive types here. They cry themselves to sleep over the tiniest little thing but look at who comes up with the most ignorant, stupid, asinine comments that anyone could imagine, the so called champions of humanity and justice. What a bunch of cheap fakers. Ok, rainboweres.

  22. omeletpants says:
    December 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm
    Trump is best President since Reagan
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    So they made cannabis legal in your state

  23. tigerlilac says:
    December 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm
    He didn’t say do what you love and after you’re finished playing come fulfill your service commitment.

    He said: “Make a Fortune then fulfill your service commitment.

    The juxtaposition he was making was unsaid: I deferred service and made a fortune and now I am serving and everyone’s thrilled. He was making an excuse for his own behavior.

    The truth is he didn’t defer service, he avoided it by cheating. Nor did he make a fortune. He inherited it.

    He attacked Mueller, Vidman, and Taylor, all decorated military men (Taylor is a West Point graduate). He attacked McCain (a Navy man) for his service of endurance under capture, mocking him for being captured.

    His juxtaposition is obscene.
    …….
    He will say and do anything for the vote. There is very little truth that ever comes out of his mouth, and I guess that’s ok with the posters on this sight. McCain must be rolling over….

  24. I don’t hate Trump. I gave him a chance. He has openly and repeatedly made it clear he is only president of “his” people though. Anyone who disagrees with him or doesn’t vote for him is an enemy in his eyes. Our president should represent all Americans, he shouldn’t scapegoat and demonize and villify his own people. You may think that is “deranged” but it was a common expectation up until 3 years ago

  25. 10feethigher says:
    December 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    MAGA 2020. Epstein didn’t kill himself
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    I cannot give a greater example of ignorance than that. Epstein and Trump have a mutual friendship…

  26. aj66shanghai says:
    December 14, 2019 at 10:09 pm
    I don’t hate Trump. I gave him a chance. He has openly and repeatedly made it clear he is only president of “his” people though. Anyone who disagrees with him or doesn’t vote for him is an enemy in his eyes. Our president should represent all Americans, he shouldn’t scapegoat and demonize and villify his own people. You may think that is “deranged” but it was a common expectation up until 3 years ago

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    You do realize you just described liberals perfectly. During the 2016 campaign and since Trump’s inauguration, the left has attacked anyone that doesn’t agree with them verbally and even physically. That was a silly comment you made, and I disagree with it entirely. But you have the right to have that opinion. There’s some civility for you.

  27. The comments on here are crazy. People forget Bill Clinton was a draft dodger. People forget Obama divided the country and made people hate cops. People seem to only see the things Trump has said in defending himself against the corrupt media and Democrats and don’t see all of the good things he has done to help all Americans. Read the facts, not what CNN or MSNBC says.

  28. tollwall52 says:
    December 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    As taxpayers, we are being cheated.
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    Not even in the top 1,000 worries on being cheated as a taxpayer. This really is a non-issue.

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