U.S. Army Begins Discharging Soldiers Who Refuse COVID Vaccine

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The U.S. Army, which is moving soldiers into Ukraine as tensions rise with Russia on the Eastern border, announced Wednesday it would immediately discharge soldiers who refuse to get the COVID vaccine, according to a Reuters report.

The Army said in its statement that discharge order applies to regular Army soldiers, active duty Army reservists and cadets, unless a soldier has an approved or pending exemption.

“Army readiness depends on Soldiers who are prepared to train, deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” said Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth in a statement. “Unvaccinated Soldiers present risk to the force and jeopardize readiness. We will begin involuntary separation proceedings for Soldiers who refuse the vaccine order and are not pending a final decision on an exemption.”

The order states that service members who refuse the vaccine will not be “eligible for involuntary separation pay” and they may have to repay unearned incentive money.

The U.S. Army has begun discharging soldiers who refuse the COVID vaccine / Getty Images

While it’s unclear how many U.S. Army soldiers aren’t vaccinated, as of January 26, the Army had discharged six leaders, including two battalion commanders, and issued 3,073 written reprimands to soldiers who had refused the vaccine.

In December, the U.S. Air Force discharged 27 service members for refusing to be vaccinated. In January, the U.S. Navy said it had discharged 23 active-duty sailors for vaccine refusal. A total of 334 Marines had been discharged as of mid-January.

According to the latest Department of Defense data, 92 members of the military have died due to COVID since March 2020. It’s estimated that 98% of the U.S. military’s active-duty force is vaccinated. As of mid-January, the Military Times reported that 41 of 88 military COVID deaths had been from Army Reserve and National Guardsmen.


Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Is this the same vaccine that doesn’t do a damn thing?

    These people have lost their minds. These young and healthy soldiers are going off to war and we are concerned about their safety from the sniffles?

  2. I’m pretty sure the next president will restore benefits and upgrade the discharges to “honorable” for these young men and women; right now, fat ass “Benedict Arnold” Milley and fat ass “Gomer Pyle” Austin have decided to “make an example” of them. “You need to respect ma ah-thor-it-ee!”

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