Air Force Boots 40 Unvaccinated Recruits, Trainees, Ahead of Deadline: Report

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Some 40 Air Force recruits and trainees person been kicked retired of the work for refusing to comply with the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a spokeswoman confirmed connected Monday.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Stars and Stripes that the individuals had been handed entry-level discharges, meaning that if they take to get vaccinated against COVID-19 successful the future, they whitethorn yet reenlist.

She said astir 23 of the recruits had been undergoing basal training, and the others were successful method grooming erstwhile they were discharged from the Air Force. Entry-level discharges, oregon uncharacterized discharge, are fixed to individuals who person yet to implicit 180 days of subject service.

Troops had been asked to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus by a Nov. 2 deadline.

Those who don’t get a vaccine by the deadline, and person not received oregon are not successful the process of seeking a spiritual oregon aesculapian exemption, volition beryllium deemed successful usurpation of a “lawful bid and taxable to subject nether Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” the Air Force said past month. They could beryllium court-martialed oregon look different disciplinary measures, it added.

The mandate stems from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s bid successful precocious August for each troops to get a vaccine unless they person an exemption.

Each subdivision caput decided separately connected mandate details, including deadlines. The Air Force has the earliest deadlines for active-duty troops and reserves.

An Air Force spokesperson told The Epoch Times earlier this period that its deadlines would not beryllium pushed back.

According to Air Force data, arsenic galore arsenic 12,000 progressive work airmen and guardians were inactive unvaccinated arsenic of precocious past week. Some person requested oregon gotten exemptions, others person refused outright. They person had until Nov. 1 to petition exemptions.

The Air Force besides told The Epoch Times it is not tracking exemption requests and truthful could not accidental however galore had been approved, if any. The work told quality outlets past week that it would commencement releasing approved exemption numbers aft the Nov. 2 deadline.

Air Force Capt. Molly Lawlor, 28th Bomb Wing chaplain, said that a “very tiny percentage” are seeking a spiritual exemption astatine the base. “People are conscionable trying to fig retired however this caller request fits into their content strategy and the decisions that they privation to make,” she said.

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said during a property briefing connected Monday that about 97 percent of the full unit has received astatine slightest 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 99 percent of sailors, 97 percent of airmen, and 93 percent of Marines. The vaccination complaint is supra 90 percent among soldiers, helium added.

“So conscionable successful presumption of archetypal dosage, there’s been a batch much advancement and we proceed to spot the men and women of the unit doing the close thing—which is getting vaccinated,” Kirby told reporters.

The Epoch Times has contacted a spokesperson of the Air Force for comment.

Zachary Stieber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Isabel van Brugen

Isabel van Brugen



Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning writer and presently a quality newsman astatine The Epoch Times. She holds a master's successful paper journalism from City, University of London.

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