From the Miami Herald today:
The Army announced Tuesday that all active-duty units are expected to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 15 while Reserve and National Guard units are expected to be fully vaccinated by June 30, 2022. The plan complies with an Aug. 24 memo from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin that mandated COVID-19 vaccines for all U.S. service members…
WHAT IF SOLDIERS REFUSE TO GET THE VACCINE?
Soldiers will be able to request an exemption if they have a “legitimate medical, religious or administrative reason.”
“While soldiers who refuse the vaccine will first be counseled by their chain of command and medical providers, continued failure to comply could result in administrative or non-judicial punishment — to include relief of duties or discharge,” the Army said.
Commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants and officers in Command Select List who refuse to get vaccinated will face “suspension and relief,” the Army said. They would first be notified of the potential consequences, counseled and given the chance to get vaccinated before becoming “subject to removal from their positions by a general officer.”
“Officers and noncommissioned officers who have been selected and are waiting to assume CSL command, key billet or nominative sergeant major positions — some of the most coveted assignments in the Army — will likewise be subject to removal from the list for those assignments should they refuse to be vaccinated without a pending or approved exemption,” the Army said…
The Air Force said in September that all active duty “Airmen and Guardians” must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 2 and that all Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 2.
All active-duty Marine Corps and Navy members are required be fully vaccinated by Nov. 28, according to the U.S. Naval Institute. Reservists must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 28.
More than 1.1 million service members have been fully vaccinated as of Sept. 8, the Defense Department says.