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US Army says soldiers discharged for refusing COVID vaccine may reapply

Nov 22, 2023

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U.S. soldiers who refused the COVID-19 vaccine were discharged by the Army during the pandemic. Those same soldiers are now receiving invitations to rejoin the military since the services have rescinded the controversial vaccine requirement.

The letters detail necessary steps for discharged members to correct their records and re-characterize the reason for their separation. The letters also contain instructions for how to contact a recruiter in case the recipient has interest in rejoining the military.

“As a result of the rescission of all current COVID-19 vaccination requirements, former Soldiers who were involuntary separated for refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccination may request a correction of their military records from either or both the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB) or the Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR),” the letter read.

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The U.S. Army has been encountering significant challenges recruiting new members. In 2022, the service missed its recruiting goal by 15,000 soldiers.

So far, less than 50 service members have rejoined the military since the vaccine mandate was rescinded, a small portion of the 8,000 who were discharged.

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U.S. SOLDIERS WHO DIDN’T WANT TO GET A COVID VACCINE WERE DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMY DURING THE PANDEMIC. NOW THE SOLDIERS WHO WERE LET GO ARE RECEIVING LETTERS FROM THE MILITARY ON HOW THEY CAN REJOIN THE SERVICE NOW THAT THE VACCINE REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN RESCINDED. THE LETTERS SENT TO DISCHARGED MILITARY MEMBERS TELL THEM THE STEPS THEY CAN TAKE TO CORRECT THEIR MILITARY RECORDS TO RE-CHARACTERIZE WHY THEY WERE SEPARATED FROM SERVICE, AND HOW TO CONTACT A RECRUITER IF THEY’D LIKE TO REJOIN.

THIS LETTER BEING SENT OUT TO TROOPS WHO GOT THE BOOT OVER THE COVID VAX ISN’T BEING COVERED BY MOST MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLETS – 94% OF THE NEWS OUTLETS THAT ARE COVERING IT ARE RIGHT-LEANING NEWS ORGANIZATIONS.

LEFT-LEANING MEDIA ARE LARGELY LEAVING IT OUT OF THE NEWS CYCLE. IT’S UNCLEAR IF THE LETTER IS GOING TO PERSUADE THE SOLDIERS TO REJOIN. SINCE THE COVID VAX REQUIREMENT WAS RESCINDED, ABOUT 50 SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE REJOINED – OUT OF THE 8 THOUSAND THAT WERE DISCHARGED OVER THE VACCINE REQUIREMENT.

THIS COMES AS THE MILITARY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH A MAJOR RECRUITMENT CRISIS. THE ARMY MISSED ITS RECRUITMENT GOAL BY ABOUT 15 THOUSAND SOLDIERS LAST YEAR – AND ANOTHER 10 THOUSAND THIS YEAR.

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