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    (CNN)The US Navy said Wednesday that it has discharged 240 service members for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine as required by the Pentagon's vaccine mandate.A majority of the service members, 217, were active duty, and one was a US Navy Reserve member, according to a Navy news release. All of those service members received honorable characterizations for their discharges from service, meaning they are still eligible to receive veteran benefits.Fewer than two dozen -- 22 of the 240 -- were discharged while still undergoing training within their first 180 days of active-duty service.As of Wednesday, the Navy has granted 10 permanent medical exemptions, 250 temporary medical exemptions and 50 administrative exemptions to the military's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for active-duty service members, according to the release.In the Reserves, the Navy has granted nine temporary medical exemptions and nine administrative exemptions to the mandate. Read MoreThe Navy said it has received 3,348 requests for religious exemptions from active-duty service members and nearly 800 such requests from Navy Reserve members. So far, no requests for religious exemptions have been granted.More than 8,000...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy said Tuesday that it has discharged 23 active duty sailors for refusing the coronavirus vaccine, marking the first time it has thrown currently serving sailors out of the military over the mandatory shots. It comes as the number of service members being discharged across the services due to the vaccine begins to climb. The Army is now the only service that has not yet discharged any active duty personnel due to vaccine refusal. The Marine Corps, as of late last week, had discharged 334 Marines, and the Air Force, as of this week, had discharged 111 airmen for refusing to get the shots. The military services have been going through a methodical process to deal with those who refuse the vaccine as well as those who request medical, administrative or religious exemptions. The reviews require counseling with medical personnel and chaplains as well as senior commanders. The number of troops discharged will begin to grow exponentially as those reviews finish, and troops are given their final chances to get the vaccines. Lawsuits...
    The Marine Corps has kicked out 206 troops for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, while reporting that least 95 percent of active-duty jarheads have gotten the jab.  The Corps made the announcement Thursday. The more than 200 Marines kicked out is up from 169 reported last week.   All unvaccinated Marines without pending or approved exemptions will be processed for administrative separation, officials confirmed.  Overall, 95 percent of the more than 182,000 active-duty Marines are at least partially vaccinated, while 94 percent are fully vaccinated, a Marines spokesman said.     The vaccination rate for Marine reservists went up, as well, with 86 percent of reservists at least partially vaccinated and 83 percent fully vaccinated.  The Marine Corps also announced it has received 3,247 requests for religious exemption. The military branch has not approved any of the 3,115 requests it has reviewed so far.      Active-duty Marines had until November 28 to be vaccinated while the deadline for reservists to comply was Tuesday.   The Marine Corps announced Thursday that it let go of a total of 206 troops for refusing the vaccine - which...
    Washington, DC (CNN)The Marine Corps has discharged 103 service members for refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine, as the military begins carrying out enforcement actions for its vaccine mandate. As of this week, 95% of active duty Marines are vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Marine Corps released Thursday, but the service is still processing exemption requests.More than 97% of the entire active duty military force is partially or fully vaccinated. The Air Force has fully or partially vaccinated 97.5% of its active duty force as of this week, while the Navy has vaccinated approximately 98%.The Air Force on Monday said it had discharged 27 service members for refusing the vaccine, and on Wednesday, the Navy said it would begin discharging service members who refuse to get vaccinated."We don't want to see anybody administratively discharged for not taking the vaccine, because we want to see them take the vaccine, because it's a valid military medical requirement," said Pentagon press secretary John Kirby at a press briefing Thursday. Read MoreUS military has vaccinated more than 97% of service membersDespite...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, slamming him for discharging service members who have not obeyed his “ambiguous” vaccine mandate, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. In October, Johnson wrote that he sent a letter to Austin about his August 24 vaccine mandate. The Wisconsin conservative noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted there is an insufficient “approved supply of Comirnaty, the only fully-licensed vaccine.” Johnson demanded to know, given the limited supply of Comirnaty, how Austin will make service members comply with the vaccine mandate. Reports suggest that 27 Air Force service members have been discharged for noncompliance with the vaccine mandate. Johnson wrote: Despite this lack of clarity, DoD has reportedly begun discharging service members “for not obeying orders to get vaccinated.” Reports indicate that on December 13, 2021, the Air Force discharged 27 service members for noncompliance with the DoD’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. An Air Force spokeswoman stated that these 27 individuals were “the first active- duty Air Force Members to be discharged over the Pentagon’s vaccination requirements for military...
    Military personnel claim they have been struggling to get religious exemptions to the military vaccine mandate approved. With the deadline for mandated military vaccinations looming , service members must get vaccinated or seek an exemption. For those seeking religious exemptions, the attempt has been a struggle. “It’s a giant mess,” Sean Timmons, a Houston attorney representing more than 100 military personnel seeking religious exemptions, told the Washington Times . “Nobody knows what’s going on. It’s been a complete and utter disaster every step of the way.” MAN CONVICTED FOR LEAVING DEATH THREAT ON PELOSI'S VOICEMAIL According to the Washington Times, at least 4,933 airmen filed waiver applications, estimated to be the most filed in history. As of Nov. 3, none of the applications had been approved. The Army also reported a higher number of requests for religious exemptions. “The Army’s religious accommodation process related to medical care is not new. While the scale of religious exemption requests related to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate may become higher in volume than previous requests, the Army...
    The Biden administration has come out against an amendment to the defense budget that would prevent the Pentagon from dishonorably discharging service members who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Office of Management and Budget said in a statement Tuesday that the administration "strongly opposes" the amendment, arguing that if it's implemented, it would "detract from readiness and limit a commander's options for enforcing good order and discipline when a Service member fails to obey a lawful order to receive a vaccination." MEET THE FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR AND FORMER AFGHAN GOVERNMENT LAWYER WHO IS LUCKY SHE ESCAPED Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memo making the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine mandatory shortly after it got full approval from the Food and Drug Administration late last month. As of last Wednesday, 88% of the active armed forces had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and an additional 5% have been fully vaccinated since the mandate was issued, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during the daily briefing. Tennessee Republican Rep. Mark Green, a veteran, has led the push to...
    Four U.S. military branches have announced the deadline for active-duty and reserve service members to get the coronavirus vaccine. These deadlines were announced weeks after the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine received the Food and Drug Administration’s full authorization, which in turn led Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s memo to make it mandatory shortly after. STORIES FROM INSIDE THE PENTAGON ON 9/11: ‘SAW THE FIREBALL PASS OVER THE TOP OF OUR HEAD’ Active-duty members of the Army will have to be vaccinated by Dec. 15, while active-duty members of the Air Force will need to be vaccinated by Nov. 2, Nov. 28 for active-duty Navy sailors, and that date also applies to Marine Corps members. Non-active-duty Marine Corps and Navy Reserve service members have to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 28, while reserve Air Force personnel need to get the shot by Dec. 2, and Army reservists need it by June 30, 2022. “This is quite literally a matter of life and death for our Soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live,” said Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With some parts of South Florida slowly going back to normal, retailers and restaurants are offering deals, discounts, and freebies for active-duty military and veterans this Memorial Day. BONEFISH GRILL: A 10% Heroes Discount will be provided for all service members, veterans and first responders. READ MORE: South Florida Business Owners Of Asian Descent Celebrate Their Roots During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month BUFFALO WILD WINGS: Service members and veterans will receive 10% off at participating Buffalo Wild Wings with valid ID. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL: Carrabba’s honors military service members and first-responders all year long with a 10% off Heroes Discount. Additionally, for every $50 you purchase in gift cards online, you get a $10 bonus card. The redemption period runs through July 18, 2021. CHICK-FIL-A:  Participating Chick-fil-A locations will offer 10% discounts for military and veterans with valid ID. FORD: Ford will be offering a special discount on vehicles for customers who are military and first-responders. This offer is valid at any time. Enter your zip code to find the nearest Ford dealer to learn more....
    The Pentagon said Wednesday that 18- to 24-year-old service members are testing positive for the coronavirus at a higher rate than the general population but suffering lower rates of hospitalization and mortality. “As a community, transmission rate has gone up,” said Defense coronavirus task force medical adviser Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs in a Pentagon briefing. Friedrichs attributed the gain to increased testing, not to violating health protection measures by doing such things as visiting bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in outbreak areas. “We’re not seeing widespread evidence that what is occurring in the 18- to 24-year-old demographic is because they’re not following the rules,” he said. The Defense Department said the overall positivity rate has held steady at 5.3% for active-duty service members, thanks in large part to strict adherence to mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand-washing. Defense Department coronavirus task force diagnostics and testing lead Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne said that was an encouraging sign. “While we are seeing increase in positive cases among the active-duty population in local populations where there is an uptick in cases,...
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