Army Initiates Involuntary Separations of COVID-19 Vaccine Refusers
The U.S. Army has initiated the involuntary separation of service members who’ve refused the COVID-19 vaccine.
Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth issued a directive that “commanders are to initiate involuntary administrative separation proceedings against any Soldier who has refused the COVID-19 vaccination order and does not have an approved or pending exemption request.”
Servicemembers will be discharged under honorable or general conditions unless there is unrelated detrimental conduct, a provision designated under the recently-enacted 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.
“Army readiness depends on Soldiers who are prepared to train, deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” Wormuth said.
“Unvaccinated Soldiers present risk to the force and jeopardize readiness. We will begin involuntary separation proceedings for Soldiers who refuse the vaccine order and are not pending a final decision on an exemption.”