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U.S. Military troopers who refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19 will quickly be discharged, the army department introduced Wednesday.
The Military stated it should “instantly start separating Troopers from the service” who refuse to be vaccinated or who haven’t got an accepted or pending request for exemption.
“Military readiness will depend on Troopers who’re ready to coach, deploy, struggle and win our nation’s wars,” stated Secretary of the Military Christine Wormuth. “Unvaccinated Troopers current danger to the power and jeopardize readiness.”
Troopers who’re discharged for refusing to be vaccinated “is not going to be eligible for involuntary separation pay” and should should return any unearned particular or incentive pay, the Military stated.
As of Jan. 26, it stated, 96% of lively troops have been fully vaccinated, whereas 3,350 troopers have refused to get the vaccine. Practically 5,900 have obtained short-term exemptions.
Those that have requested for a medical exemption or spiritual lodging are briefly exempt from the vaccination requirement whereas their requests are being reviewed.
“Up to now, Military commanders have relieved a complete of six Common Military leaders, together with two battalion commanders, and issued 3,073 common officer written reprimands to Troopers for refusing the vaccination order,” the Military stated late final month.
The Pentagon started requiring members of the army to get vaccinated final summer season.
This story initially appeared on the Morning Version dwell weblog.