According to Air Force spokesperson Capt. Tom Wenz, Air Force Instruction 36-3205, which was updated on
Wenz said that the update of the Air Force instruction was necessary due to the issuance of the August 2007 Department of Defense memorandum which outlined the new service-wide policy regarding service members who were seeking professional careers before the end of their military commitments.
And while GoMids.com is still awaiting word from the U.S. Navy on its current policy, we were able to confirm that in January 2007, Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy signed a memorandum that outlawed any Naval personnel from pursuing an early release from duty to pursue a professional career, regardless of how many years they have served in uniform.
Winter, in the memorandum, stated, "As the nation is at war and the other services have utilized Stop Loss authority to maintain readiness, I believe it is inappropriate to continue this policy." The policy Winter was referring to was a Navy policy issued in November 2000. GoMids.com is trying to confirm whether or not the U.S. Navy, like the U.S. Air Force has issued any further guidance in response to the 2007 Department of Defense memorandum.
If the U.S. Navy falls in line with the U.S. Air Force, high school football players who aspire to play football at a service academy, while leaving the door open for a possible and immediate NFL career, will have an easy decision to make in regards to where to attend.
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