Huge policy shift. Guessing the DoD sees the benefit of Service Academy athletes attempting to go pro as better marketing than forcing them to serve their commitment.
Military Academy Athletes No Longer Required to Give Two Years of Service in Active Duty
The DoD Pro Sports Policy, which was changed in May 2016, now states that athletes from service academies no longer have to serve two years of active duty to fulfill their required service time. Those athletes are instead able to serve their time in the ready reserve for their respective branch of the armed forces.