first DOD charter is national defense NOT sports. they have no authority. I dont know if you know the three branches of government. THe DoD is part of the Executive branch led by the president. THEY EXECUTE THE LAWS, the Congress MAKES the LAWS and Courts INTERPRET THE LAWS. Unless, Congress makes a new law authorizing sports participation, DOD cannot do anything. Also, if they are granted an exception, then why cant other schools such as Miami Ohio apply????
Second, any association is not going to based on personalities or schools but ability to pay. ABILITY TO SUBSIDIZE STUDENT ATHLETES WITH STIPENDS, its going to based on willingness to raise the number of minimum number of athletic scholarships ands sports. Conferences will be able through their resources to balance this out through their expanded revenues. Independents well, I see only 1 that can do it.
Its going to be pretty much cut and dry, and if Army, Navy and Air Force can follow these rules find.