The US Air Force fired 27 members for refusing to receive the COVID vaccine.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon required immunization for all military members, including active duty, National Guard, and reservists.
According to the authorities, the United States Air Force killed 27 people for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, who would become, according to the rules, the first to be fired for disobeying the vaccination mandate.
The Army Corps gave its members until November 2 to get vaccinated, and thousands have refused or asked for an exemption. These are the first administrative dismissals for vaccine-related causes, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek explained Monday.
The spokeswoman added that they were all in their first enlistment period, so they were younger, lower-ranking officers. And although the Air Force does not disclose the type of discharge that its members receive, the legislation being processed in Congress limits the granting of honorable dismissal or an ordinary one with honorable conditions to members who refuse to be vaccinated.
At the beginning of the year, the Pentagon required the vaccine from all military members, including active duty, National Guard, and reservists. Each corps establishes its procedures and deadlines to fulfill the mandate, and that of the Air Force was the first to win. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the vaccine is important for maintaining the health of soldiers and their ability to deal with national security crises.
None of the 27 victims applied for medical, administrative or religious immunity, Stephenick said. Several other service officers said they believed only the air force had advanced so far in the killing spree.
As a result, he was regularly removed from duty for non-compliance with an order. According to Stefanek, it is also possible that some people's files contain other violations. Still, in all cases, the refusal to vaccinate is considered as one of the factors of their dismissal.
It is not unusual for members of the Army to be expelled for violating an order as a discipline is one of its fundamental principles. For the competition, Stefanik said that in the first nine months of 2021, approximately 1,800 personnel were fired for disobeying orders.
According to the latest figures from the Air Force, more than 1,000 of its members have refused to take drugs, and more than 4,700 have applied for exemptions for religious reasons. As of last week, just over 97% of the active members of the body had received at least one dose.
In the Navy and Marines, the deadline ended on November 28, while their reservists will do it until December 28. Active members of the Army have until Wednesday, and the National Guard and its reservists have the most extended term until June 30.
The response to the vaccine in the military is reflected in society as a whole, with thousands asking for or rejecting it. But overall, the percentage of soldiers - especially those on active duty - who were immediately vaccinated, exceeded the national total.