More than 260,000 US military personnel could be fired for failing to comply with vaccine mandates
The Biden administration’s strict Covid-19 vaccination mandates put more than 13% of U.S. armed forces at risk of being fired, according to Defense Department data updated Wednesday.
The Pentagon’s website shows 268,858”partially vaccinatedindividuals in the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force, plus an additional 50,710 civilian employees. However, the figures do not include service workers who have had no injections at all, meaning the actual number at risk from the administration’s vaccine mandates could be significantly higher.
While unharmed soldiers whose requests for medical and religious exemptions are pending are supposedly exempt from the requirement, Marine Reservist Mike Berry told Breitbart that religious exemptions have only been granted to individuals already en route from the military.
According to statistics cited by Breitbart, some 6,400 military personnel have already been kicked out for refusing to fire, the majority of whom were marines. That’s despite a court order prohibiting the Navy from firing a sailor seeking religious exemption. While political backlash has kept the Pentagon from labeling the dead with a dishonorable discharge, even a “generalDismissal can mean a loss of benefits and a black mark on a soldier’s criminal record.
The military last week began stepping up administrative procedures against the partially and unvaccinated, explaining that from July the non-compliant would no longer receive wages or be allowed to participate in “federally funded exercises and training† A statement from the military branch warns those who refuse the mandatory vaccination order “may be subject to additional adverse administrative measures, including separation†
The deadline for part-time Army reservists and National Guard to receive the vaccine passed last week, leaving 12% of reservists — about 22,740 people — not fully vaccinated. About 13.1% of the Army National Guard (44,000 soldiers) are also not fully vaccinated, a spokesman told the Army Times.
When confronted with the effect on US military readiness to fire potentially tens of thousands of unvaccinated soldiers, Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley downplayed the issue, stressing:by the way, the numbers are very low of those who refuse to be vaccinated“name the problem”manageable‘ and arguing that soldiers should just shut up and take their shots.
Pentagon struggles with recruiting – media
However, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed that service workers have serious or rare side effects from the vaccines, including myocarditis.
The U.S. military has struggled to recruit new soldiers, registering its lowest recruiting rate in decades this year. Last month, the Pentagon admitted it was 23% behind its hiring targets for the year, a problem attributed to poor advertising — particularly the recent trend toward “woke upadvertisements widely mocked on social media – and a shoddy, outdated recruiting system that puts too much responsibility in the hands of outside contractors.
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