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Is the U.S. army within its rights to renege on Caleb Campbell's NFL deal?
Wed, July 23, 2008

Caleb Campbell will not get a chance to play for the Detroit Lions because of a change in military policy.

Campbell was a seventh-round draft pick for the Lions in April. At the time, Army policy would have allowed the West Point graduate to serve as a recruiter if he made the team.

But a subsequent Department of Defense policy has superseded the 2005 Army policy.
Full story: Army orders Detroit Lion to withdraw

Is the U.S. army within its rights to renege on Caleb Campbell's NFL deal?



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Being a forer Reserve in the Navy myself and having to deal with paperwork on this I can defiently say this as a n answer:

Actualyl Yes the US Army CAN do that. He is still under terms with the US ARMY and has to full filled that first EVEN if he is active in the Reserves. That is required in Canada millitary as well.

The same practice is for the US forces as well... So what do they mean by "rescent changes within the goverment." I never heard of such a thing

Sorry your a solider first and whatever else second. He signed the regeration form which does state CLEARLY that as well may I add. Do your country proud. you got plenty of time for football later. Besides US Army had a good Football team.

I'll be shocked if the NFL desides to fight this one.
A hockey fan, 2008-07-28 11:31:21

well it just goes to show some of these atheletes that a contract is a contract, even the NFL can break a US army contract, live up to what you signed on for!
jimf, 2008-07-24 17:20:46

He could always become a deserter and come to Canada, like those other cowards!!

Hamilton Ti-Cats need all the help they can get.
Ozzy, 2008-07-24 11:40:51

I dont like the idea but he knew what he was getting into when he accepted the appt to west point. if memory serves he has to serve 5 years i think it is. anyway look at david robinson he served a stint in the navy and he had a very productive career in the NBA
Alan O'Melia, 2008-07-24 08:05:01

I believe the Army has a right here. They invest alot of money in these recruits. They do have a right to recoup their money. Caleb Campbell also signed a "contract" with the Army to "work" for them for a set amount of time. The USA may be a free country but a contract is a contract.

Just my humble opinion :)
Chris McPhedran, 2008-07-24 07:35:17

The army (government) is fully within its rights. They've invested time and $$ in these kids and the kids when they signed up for these institutions knew that military service was a part of the deal after graduation.
Wally, 2008-07-24 06:34:21

He signed on to be a Soldier. He made a commitment. He should have expected to fulfill that commitment. He received a free education. Playing Football for the Academy was a privilege.

The most remarkable thing is that he is not complaining about the military's decision. He does not have a problem with it and neither should anyone else.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-07-24 02:17:21

This is a free country and our right's in this situation are being abused.

Let the kid play and recruit military personell on the side.

GImme a break, sounds like sour grapes to me
paul braaten, 2008-07-23 19:53:14

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