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Marines Dismiss More than 100 Who Refuse COVID-19 Vaccine

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The Marine Corps has dismissed 103 active-duty soldiers for refusing to get vaccinations against COVID-19, according to Politico.

The people who were dismissed are receiving general honorable discharges, which retains post-military benefits, the news outlet reported. The Marines have granted 1,007 exemptions, and there are still 3,144 requests for religious accommodation.

Military officials announced on Thursday that the majority of service members in all branches have gotten vaccinations. The Army and Navy are each around 98 percent followed by the Air Force at 97.5%, and the Marine Corps at 95%.

In the same way some troops will be relieved of duty. The Army for instance, released six active-duty leaders including two commanding officers — due to vaccine refusal, Politico reported. In addition, close to 3000 active-duty soldiers have received sanctions for refusing to obey the vaccination request.

According to the news source according to the news outlet, 6,200 of the Army’s 478,000 active duty troops have asked for temporary or permanent exemptions. This includes 641 medical requests and 1 746 religious requests. None of the military branches have granted any religious exemptions so to date.

“Vaccinating our soldiers against COVID-19, is primarily about Army readiness,” Christine Wormuth (secretary of the Army), stated in an announcement.

She added, “To those who refuse to get the vaccine and aren’t waiting for an official decision on a medical exemption or administrative exemption to the vaccine, I strongly urge those to take it.” “If we don’t start involuntary separation procedures.”

This week this week, the Air Force became the first branch of the service to dismiss active-duty troops due to refusing to adhere to the vaccine requirement by exempting 27 service members. The Navy issued Wednesday guidance to the leadership to start dispersing 5,731 active duty sailors who are not vaccinated. The Army will begin the process of removing soldiers in January.

The deadlines for National Guard and Reserve members come next, and some governors are seeking exemptions for their troops, according to The New York Times. On Thursday after military officials announced their latest vaccination results, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott publicly released a letter he addressed to the Pentagon in which he stated that his state would not apply a mandate for vaccinations to National Guard members.

Five other Republican governors — from Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Wyoming and Wyoming — sent an open letter this week, also soliciting that their National Guard troops be exempted from the federal mandate to vaccine. The newspaper said that the Pentagon has not yet responded to the request. However, the Department of Defense rejected an Oklahoma governor’s request last month. Kevin Stitt will not allow National Guard members to be excluded from the mandate.

The newspaper reported that the department has issued a new order this week stating that all National Guard members who fail to be vaccines will be under a general order for reprimand. This could be a career-ending move. The deadline for Army National Guard troops to be vaccinated is on June 30th, 2022.

Sources:

Politico: “More than 100 Marines are exiled from the service for refusing to take Covid vaccine.”

Army: “Active Army achieves 98% of its vaccinations with less than one percent refusal rate.”

The New York Times The New York Times “Vaccine Holdouts In Army and Navy Will be Discredited, Military Says”

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