The largest service branch of the US military has announced a comprehensive timeline for soldiers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, and what they can expect to happen if they don’t.
Army officials said Tuesday that all active-duty units are expected to be fully vaccinated by December 15 and members of the Reserve and National Guard by June 30. Those who refuse vaccination and have not been exempted will face suspension. guidelines.
“While soldiers who refuse a vaccine will be first consulted by their chain of command and medical providers,” the military’s guidelines state, continued failure to comply could result in administrative or non-judicial punishment — including Includes relief from duties or leave from service. “
Possible outcomes vary somewhat by role. Army commanders, command sergeant majors, first sergeants, and officers are on track for future command assignments, who refuse vaccinations and do not face waivers and are relieved of duty. Soldiers of all ranks who are not in command positions may receive a general order of reprimand, which may be removed from their file or placed in their permanent file when they are next transferred, allowing future assignments and Promotion may be affected.
The military is the last branch of the military to comply with Pentagon guidelines announcement last month Active-duty military personnel will need vaccinations.
NS Navy and Marines Have already informed their rank and file that the clock is ticking on their vaccination.
All active-duty Air Force soldiers must be fully vaccinated by November 2, and Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members by December 2. The directive has had immediate effect in the Air Force: 74.5 percent of active-duty members now have had at least one vaccine shot, up from 65.2 percent last month.
Active-duty sailors and marines must be fully vaccinated within 90 days of August 30, while Reserve Navy service members have 120 days to comply. According to the Navy’s plan, refusal without an approved waiver could result in administrative action.
All Navy coronavirus deaths are from soldiers who were not fully immunized; One was partially vaccinated.
Vaccination rates in the military have already surpassed those of the rest of the country, but commanders are demanding near-perfect compliance, as the military does with many other vaccines, for fear of a failure to vaccinate everyone. The readiness will be spoiled.
Since the Pentagon made coronavirus vaccination mandatory last month, the percentage of all service members who have had at least one shot has risen from 76 percent to 83 percent, according to Defense Department data.
“This is a matter of life and death for our soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live,” Army Surgeon General Lt Gen R Scott Dingle said in a news release. “The case numbers and deaths are concerning as the delta variant spreads, which makes defense of the force through mandatory vaccinations a health and readiness priority for the total army.”