The US military has just announced that it will immediately begin dismissing soldiers who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new decision will impact all regular duty soldiers, Title 10 active duty reserve soldiers and cadets. The majority of all active Army soldiers have been vaccinated against COVID-19. As of January 26, 2022, 96% of active army personnel were vaccinated and 79% of the army reserve were vaccinated.
According to Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, the new decision comes down to practicalities and ensuring personnel are in the best position to perform their duties. “Army readiness depends on soldiers being ready to train, deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” Wormuth said. in a report. “Unvaccinated soldiers pose a risk to the force and compromise readiness. We will begin an involuntary separation procedure for soldiers who refuse the order of vaccines and who are not awaiting a final decision on a waiver. »
In true military style, commanders have been instructed to dismiss soldiers who refuse to be vaccinated « as quickly as possible ». Of course, staff with a legitimate reason not to be vaccinated, provided in the form of an approved or pending exemption request, will not be fired if they do not get vaccinated. Additionally, soldiers who are expected to leave the military before July 1, 2022 will receive a temporary exemption.
Soldiers who fail to comply with the warrant will also face financial consequences. Those fired for refusing to be vaccinated will not be eligible for involuntary severance and may be required to recoup any undeserved special or incentive compensation. Army leaders have also been tasked with advising all unvaccinated people on the myriad health benefits of being vaccinated against the virus. As of January 26, 2022, 3,350 US Army soldiers refused the vaccine. Of these, 3,073 were formally reprimanded for their refusal.
Throughout the U.S. military, 1,628,980 military were fully vaccinated. The military isn’t the only branch of the US military cracking down on personnel who refuse the vaccine. Last December, 2,500 unvaccinated members of the Air Force and Space Force Guardians were not eligible for Air National Guard pay or benefits and were unable to complete jobs existing ones, new tasks and training.