Navy denies football team captain's request to delay service and try to play in the NFL
June 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The US Navy has denied a request by football team captain Cameron Kinley to delay his military service and try to play in the National Football League.
(CNN)The US Navy has denied a request by football team captain Cameron Kinley to delay his military service and try to play in the National Football League.
Kinley, Navy's 2021 class president who graduated last month, had signed with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie cornerback and attended the team's rookie minicamp two weeks ago.
But in a statement on his Twitter on Monday, he said the Secretary of the Navy had denied his request to delay his military service and said that he is being required to commission in the US Navy as an Ensign.
Harker declined to forward delay requests from recent Navy graduates to the Secretary of Defense.
Graduates of the service academies are typically required to serve in active duty for five years after graduation.
In contrast to the Navy's denial, four graduates from other service academies have been allowed to forego their service commitment this year.