Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette’s dream of playing in the NFL this season may be impacted by a change in the academy’s policy requiring cadets to serve two years of active duty.
The Air Force Academy said in a statement obtained by the Denver Post that it will no longer defer the two years of active duty for cadet athletes to play professional sports upon graduation, a departure from a 2016 policy change by the Department of Defense.
That means Robinette could not start his playing career until the 2019 season at the earliest.
“The Air Force notified Academy officials (Thursday) that the service would not approve requests to waiver active duty military service commitments for cadet athletes,” the statement said. “Cadets will be required to serve two years active duty prior to entering Ready Reserve status, which would permit their participation in…