Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin notified several Republican Governors Tuesday that the National Guard must be vaccinated to comply with the Pentagon’s Covid rules and regulations.
Refusing to comply “will lead to a prohibition on participation in drills, training, and other duty conducted under title 32 and will jeopardize the member’s status in the National Guard,” the Pentagon boss said.
“COVID-19 takes our Service members out of the fight, temporarily or permanently, and jeopardizes our ability to meet mission requirements,” he wrote.
“To ensure that we maintain a healthy and ready military force capable of accomplishing our mission to defend this Nation and to protect the American people, vaccination against COVID-19 is an essential military readiness requirement for all components and units of the military,” he continued.
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