Freedom Denied: Military Fired 669 Soldiers For Not Getting Vaccinated

By Gil Cohen | Thursday, 26 May 2022 05:15
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Almost every soldier in the U.S. Army - 97 percent - is completely immunized against COVID-19, bringing the service to nearly full compliance with the Department of Defense vaccine mandate, according to the military branch.

Just 3 percent of active-duty soldiers in the Army have not completely complied with the Pentagon’s August 2021 regulation that all troops receive their jabs.

They have until the end of June to receive their shots, plus booster, or be dismissed from the service.

Each branch sets its own deadlines ahead of the mid-summer date, with the Army requiring that all soldiers begin their vaccination process by December 15, 2021.

Army commanders have written 3,409 written reprimands, criticizing troops for not getting their shots.

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In January, the Army reprimanded six active-duty commanders for declining to obey the order.

There were 570 soldiers that did not heed the warning and were discharged from the service for declining the lawful order of getting the full vaccine regime.

After the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued the vaccine order, 4,346 troops asked for religious exemptions, and 727 soldiers requested medical waivers from the shots.

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Austin explained that vaccines were necessary to force readiness to the armed forces. Troops deployed overseas sometimes have had to get as many as 17 different immunization shots.

Of those asking, just 22 soldiers got a medical exemption, and just 8 received religious exemptions, according to the cable news channel. There are still 3,494 waiver requests pending.

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The Army is not publishing the Army Reserve or National Guard immunization rates after some outfits declined the order. The DOD has been pressuring those units by prohibiting them from training and withholding pay.

Roughly 70 percent of the troops ordered out of the Army for non-compliance with the vaccine mandate have gotten general discharges, according to the Military Times.

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This still enables them to get veterans benefits and rejoin if they choose.

The remaining discharges, 30 percent, received honorable discharges, according to testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, though it was unclear why one set of troops received higher discharge honors.

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Thus far, the Marine Corps has seen the most separations due to vaccine refusal, 1,968, roughly one percent of the branch’s members.

The Navy let 798 sailors go, roughly .02 percent of the fleet.

The Air Force grounded 287 airmen, .04 percent of the service, releasing most of them from the service with general discharges.

On Saturday, three cadets who declined to be vaccinated were denied commissions after graduating from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

A fourth cadet caved and received his shot last week.

All cadets are asked to get measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations and yearly flu shots when they start the academy.

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