(FreedomWire.org) – The Army National Guard could discharge up to 14,000 troops over the next two years for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, service leaders told Stars and Stripes Tuesday.
That number includes individuals who have applied for medical or religious waivers to the vaccine, which is required by the Department of Defense (DOD) even though President Biden has declared the pandemic “over,” Anson Smith, deputy chief of the Army National Guard Strength Maintenance Division, told Stars and Stripes. Nearly 10,000 National Guard troops have declined to receive the vaccine, according to DOD data, and wait in limbo until the Army gives permission for the Guard to issue discharges.
“Biden declared the pandemic is over,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded. “So, when will he let those discharged from the military due to vax mandates return to protecting our country?” he asked.
Mike Pompeo, the Former Secretary of State, followed DeSantis’ stating that Biden continues “kicking tens of thousands of healthy soldiers out of the military with his COVID vaccine mandate.”
Pompeo said, “These soldiers should be reinstated immediately.”
The Supreme Court stopped Biden’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate, which would have affected large companies.
A report said that the Pentagon has not yet discharged tens of thousands of troops who have not followed the vaccine mandate.
There could be 100,000 additional troops facing discharge due to the vaccine mandate joining the thousands of troops that have already been discharged due to Biden’s mandate.
“And now, after the Pentagon has tried, and failed, to make up the difference by reducing recruitment standards, over 100,000 active service members—who taxpayers paid to train—face discharge during the worst recruiting year in our military’s history,” Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), said in a statement.
Jack Posobiec tweeted, “If we have to defend Taiwan with recruitment in freefall and vaccine mandates booting troops, you’re gonna need a military draft. Biden and his administration know it.”