The US military on Tuesday announced a deadline for soldiers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The military will require all active-duty members to be vaccinated by December 15, 2021, and all Reserve and National Guard troops by June 20, 2022.
“This is a matter of life and death for our soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live,” said Army Surgeon General Lt Gen R Scott Dingle. said in a statement. “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.”
Those who do not comply could face “suspension and relief”, according to the statement.
All active-duty soldiers in the four military branches will be required to be vaccinated by the end of the year.
US Air Force Said Active-Duty Military Members The deadline will be November 2, 2021, to get vaccinated. The deadline for Reserve and National Guard soldiers will be December 2, 2021.
US Navy and US Marine Corps set deadline last month For active-duty service members to be fully vaccinated by November 28, 2021. Reserved service members in both branches will be required to be fully vaccinated by December 28, 2021.