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U.S. Army Announces Unvaxxed National Guard and Reserve Troops Won’t Train or Get Paid

The U.S. Army announced on Friday that all members of the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be barred from federally funded drills and training, and subsequently won’t be paid or receive retirement credit. A press release from U.S. Army Public Affairs stated that soldiers who refuse the “lawful DOD COVID-19 vaccination order” are subject to “adverse administrative actions, including flags, bars to service, and official reprimands.” The Army warned that moving forward, soldiers who continue to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine without an exemption could be separated from the service. “Unit commanders will be able to activate and pay Soldiers for limited administrative purposes, such as receiving the vaccine, processing their exemption requests, or conducting separation procedures,” the press release stated. “Soldiers will be paid and/or receive retirement credit for these service days.” The Army said that it has given every soldier the chance to request an exemption, including those stemming from medical or religious concerns. “O …

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