The progressives and woke warriors who have captured the White House appear to be quite serious about the mandates for COVID vaccinations, at least as to the people they know they have control over. The military has become the Biden administration’s laboratory for mandates that cannot easily be resisted.
The administration issued a policy statement last month concerning a proposal by Congress to prohibit dishonorable discharging service members who decline the COVID vaccine. The statement said that the administration “strongly opposes” provisions that would “limit a commander’s options” regarding a member who fails to “obey a lawful order to receive a vaccination.” The statement adds that the administration also strongly opposes an exemption from the vaccine mandate “for the previous infection.”
Service members who might have looked to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to have their back when it comes to the mandate have likely been disappointed. When he was asked about the mandate at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he meekly said that the vaccine is “a requirement” and that he would “just leave it at that.”
The proposal in Congress for the protection of service members who would prefer not to be vaccinated was introduced by Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment has bipartisan support from the House Armed Services Committee but has not yet been addressed by the Senate.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and James Lankford (R-OK) have promised to force the Senate to take a position on the record about opposition to dishonorable discharges for service members who refuse the vaccine.
Last week at a panel discussion, Marshall said that he hopes people “realize what a dishonorable discharge means.” He described the effect on eligibility for future employment and loss of VA benefits, adding that “it’s a big deal.”
Lankford was on the same panel and added that persons receiving dishonor discharges are “treated worse than a convicted felon.”
While service members are required to receive certain vaccinations, none involve experimental drugs. The White House is showing America precisely what it will compel everyone to do if it can by compelling those it thinks it can. Everyone should keep an eye on the Senate’s discussion of the Green amendment to the NDAA.