You are right to point out in your editorial that McCallum's obligation to serve his country is far more important than his desire to play football. At the Naval Academy, McCallum received one of the country's best college educations, and the American taxpayer paid the bill. We deserve at least five years of service in the Navy by McCallum.
But I think your conception of his obligation is too limited. If we tell McCallum to put in his five years of naval service before he can take a shot at the NFL, he will fulfill his contract to us all right, but we get five years' service from a young man distracted by an eagerness to run the football again. I think we can get much more for our money than that.
Let's let him play football now, full time, for as long as he wants. And let's not hinder him by keeping him at the Long Beach Naval Station five days a week. Let's let him practice with the team and compete for a starting position. Not to be too magnanimous, let's tell him that he will have to report to a Navy base in the off season, just so he doesn't forget his naval training.