- - Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Keenan Reynolds, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, requested that his service time be deferred so he can play in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens. As a former U.S.-Navy enlisted and officer I am highly disappointed with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who submitted a request to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter strongly recommending Mr. Reynold’s service be deferred. Mr. Carter approved the request.

U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for Mr. Reynolds‘ schooling at the Naval Academy, as they footed the bill for the schooling of thousands of other academy midshipmen. These are future officers who are expected to serve in the U.S. Navy after they graduate, and many of them make a career in our Navy. Furthermore, they have all signed contracts.

If Mr. Reynolds‘ commitment can be deferred, why can’t other midshipmen have their service time deferred, too? Why can’t deferments occur for baseball players, or for midshipmen who want to enter civilian graduate schools or the corporate world?

Mr. Mabus and Mr. Carter should rethink their approval of the deferment and have Mr. Reynolds fulfill his commitment to the navy.


Londonderry, N.H.

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