Earlier this year, reports surfaced that the military would force all soldiers to get vaccinated.
The general order has been issued, as has a deadline for the United States Army.
All active-duty Army personnel now have until December 15, 2021, to take the jab or face disciplinary measures.
Depending upon duty station, military members have often been required to take vaccines for their station.
The precedent is in place, but that does mean the soldiers are going to like it.
Getting shots for a deployment versus taking a relatively young vaccine for even a domestic duty station is not exactly taking anthrax, cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis shots if you go to Africa.
Because this vaccine is so new, there are still tens of millions of Americans hesitant to take it, including some military members.
This new general order means the roughly 1.3 million active-duty military will have to be vaccinated, with more than 400,000 Army troops facing the deadline of December 15.
If we give the nod that the percentage of troops, including ethnic groups, getting the vaccine is slightly higher than the rest of the country, that would still leave us with about 120,000 or so troops that have not taken the jab.
If we generously estimate that 70 percent of those will now get the jab rather than face discipline, we are still sitting with roughly 36,000 active-duty Army that will face some sort of discipline.
The general order stated that they could be relieved of their duty or be discharged.
What the order does not say is if they will be dishonorably discharged, which is very likely.
I say this because, technically, they are refusing a direct order from a superior.
If that is the case, about 36,000 active-duty, regardless of length of service, could be court-martialed and dishonorably discharged, losing all benefits from serving simply because they did not want to take a vaccine that is less than a year old.
I fully expect this story to float under the radar until we start to see how the Pentagon wants to handle these cases.
It is bad enough these military members could lose their career, but if they take away their benefits as well, I would imagine that is going to bring about significant fury within the military as well as citizens.
Few are even talking about this right now, but you better believe it will be front and center come December, especially if the number is as significant as I think it will be.
Source: New York Post