- Army to ‘Immediately’ Begin Discharging Soldiers Not Complying with Vaccine Mandate
by KRISTINA WONG, https://www.breitbart.com/
The Army announced Wednesday morning that it will “immediately” begin discharging soldiers who have not complied with the Biden administration’s order for all service members to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Army Secretary Christine Wormuth issued a directive to commanders to initiate the separations (discharges) against any soldier who has not complied with the vaccination order and does not have a pending or approved exemption request, the Army said. The order applies to active duty members and reservists on federal active-duty orders, as well as cadets.
“Army readiness depends on Soldiers who are prepared to train, deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” Wormuth said, according to an Army press release. “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.”
Wormuth’s directive, Army Directive 2022-02, says commanders are to begin separation proceedings as expeditiously as possible. Soldiers “will not be eligible for involuntary separation pay, and may even be subject to recoupment of any unearned special or incentive pays.”