Thread title is headline of this article- http://gazette.com/seismic-policy-s...rts-without-2-year-commitment/article/1580109 "A policy shift will allow service academy athletes to pursue professional sports immediately after graduation instead of waiting for two years, a move that could have a seismic impact at Air Force. "It's huge," two Falcons football assistants said Monday. "It immediately levels the playing field," said another. ... A new policy provided by the Air Force Academy on Monday, reflecting changes made in May 2016, states that a "service member can request to be tendered an appointment in the reserve upon graduation and satisfy their commissioned service obligation in the Ready Reserve." Athletic director Jim Knowlton said that, though graduates can apply to serve on reserve status instead of active duty, the decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis by the Air Force. Also, the policy would require a secured contract or binding commitment by a professional sports team, so it's not as if a second lieutenant would be able to opt out on a whim. Still, the change is immense. Throughout their existence, service academies have competed with recruits who largely understood a pro sports career would not be an option - notwithstanding the rare exceptions like Air Force's Chad Hennings and Navy's David Robinson. And while the odds of a pro sports career might be remote, the prospect of a required two-year commitment weeded out a high percentage of high-caliber athletes. ... "