People who were kicked out of the U.S. military because they refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot won’t be able to go back because of a last-minute change to a defense bill.
Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have kicked out at least 8,400 active-duty and reserve troops for refusing to get the vaccine.
Active-duty personnel was ordered to get the vaccine in August 2021 by the Department of Defense. Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has presented the legislation as a significant victory despite the considerable concession.
According to McCarthy, repealing President Biden’s COVID vaccine requirement for the military “is a victory for our military and common sense.” McCarthy said It’s time to end the COVID vaccine mandate and rehire our service members, and he told the president directly last week.
While the legislation instructs the Pentagon to revoke its vaccination requirement, it does not permit soldiers who have already been discharged to return to their previous posts or positions. Additionally, $857.9 billion in defense spending is authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2023 fiscal year, which is $45 Billion more than what the Biden administration had been requested.
Despite overwhelming evidence that the vaccines have no effect on the spread ofCOVID-19, defense leaders continue to claim that the vaccine mandate improves “combat readiness” among the military. According to Fox News, the White House once more supported a vaccination requirement for the military on Monday.
McCarthy asserted that “the Biden administration must go further” and that the newly Republican-led House of Representatives would investigate the issue. Republicans in the House threatened to vote against the legislation if the mandate was maintained, but they ultimately agreed to the significant concession of forbidding the return of previously discharged soldiers to their posts.
A senior Marine Corps general recently asserted that the vaccine mandate is the leading cause of the military’s current recruiting difficulties, resulting in staffing shortages in all branches.
On Saturday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger stated that recruiting is “where it is having an impact for sure, where there are still myths and misbeliefs about the back story behind it in parts of the country.”