US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin rejected an offer from the Oklahoma National Guard that he would … give its members have the freedom not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with the mandatory Pentagon vaccination.
In a letter on Monday, Austin formally rejected Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s Request for State National Guard Exemption from Pentagon Covid-19 military vaccination mandate.
Austin also action threatened against unvaccinated members of Oklahoma National Guard, warning that refusal to get vaccinated “May lead to a ban on the participation of the member in exercises and training “ and I could “Jeopardize the member’s status in the National Guard “.
Although Governor Stitt has expressed concern that the vaccine mandate may … result in an understaffed National Guard, which would be less in able to respond to state security threats e weather emergencies, Austin argued that such concerns did “Do not deny the need for this is important military readiness requirement “.
The governor had asked for an exemption in a letter earlier this month claiming that the “irresponsible” vaccination mandate “Violates personal freedoms of many Oklahoma people, in as it asks them to potentially sacrifice their personal beliefs in not to lose your job “.
The Oklahoma National Guard and the Pentagon have been busy in a stalemate since the commander of the Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Thomas Mancino, told his soldiers earlier this month that “No negative administrative or legal action” they would be caught if they refused the vaccination.
The State National Guard argued that the Pentagon’s mandate only applied to the feds soldiers, do not declare, however the Pentagon has repeatedly threatened disciplinary action for all members of the National Guard who refuse to comply, calling him a “Legitimate order” and citing federal funding from the Guard.
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