Marines Discharge 103 as US Forces Clear Ranks for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine
Beverly Cantrell - December 20, 2021 10:33 am
WASHINGTON AP —
Military leaders have warned troops for months that they would face penalties for not getting vaccinated.
All U.S. military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, officials said, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
On Thursday, December 16th the Marine Corps said it has discharged 103 Marines so far for refusing the vaccine, and the Army said it has reprimanded more than 2,700 soldiers and will begin discharge proceedings in January.
The Air Force said earlier last week that 27 airmen had been discharged for refusing the vaccine order.
The Navy laid out its new discipline procedure last week, and has fired one sailor from his command job for refusing to be tested while he pursues an exemption.