The Pentagon is waging a war against itself.
In an official statement the U.S. Airforce has announced that they are discharging 27 service members for refusing to get their Covid-19 vaccine.
Additionally the Air Force has also removed 37 people who refused to get vaccinated at basic training.
According to the Air Force’s spokesperson, service members had until December 2nd to get vaccinated or have an exemption.
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As of right now no military branch has approved any religious vaccination exemptions.
BREAKING NEWS: Air Force discharges 27 for refusing COVID-19 vaccine; believed to be 1st service members removed over shot mandate.
— Dave Bondy (@DaveBondyTV) December 13, 2021
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 14, 2021
CNN had more on the story:
The Air Force has discharged 27 service members for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told CNN on Monday, making these likely the first troops to be removed from the military for failure to obey the vaccine mandate.
They were involuntarily separated for failing to follow the lawful order to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, Stefanek said.
The Air Force had the earliest deadline for vaccination, requiring its service members to be fully vaccinated by November 2. Members of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard had until December 2.
The Air Force had already removed 37 people who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine during basic training, Stefanek said, making those entry-level separations.
Last week, the Air Force laid out its Covid-19 policy, making it clear that service members who refuse to obey the lawful order to be vaccinated would face disciplinary actions, including discharge from the service without involuntary separation pay.
“For those who refused to obey a lawful order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, commanders will continue to take appropriate administrative and disciplinary actions consistent with law and Department of the Air Force policy,” the service said in a statement.
In addition, service members discharged for refusing to get the vaccine may have to repay any unearned special or incentive pay.
UNVACCINATED FORCED OUT: The Air Force discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Can America really afford to discharge personnel over vaccines? TONIGHT on “Hannity,” @ClayTravis will discuss the impact of vaccine mandates.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) December 14, 2021
Reuters also got the scoop:
The U.S. Air Force on Monday said 27 service members had been discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the first active-duty troops believed to have been removed for declining the vaccine.
The Pentagon made the vaccine mandatory for all service members in August and the vast majority of active-duty troops have received at least one dose.
Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, said the troops were given a chance to explain why they had refused to get vaccinated, but none of them were given exemptions.
This is a trend we will continue to see in the next several months.