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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a memorandum Wednesday that all service members must be vaccinated immediately. Click here to follow or like Todd on Facebook.
“To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force. After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people,” Austin said.
“I therefore direct the Secretaries of the Military Departments to immediately begin full vaccination of all members of the Armed Forces under DoD authority on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” he said.
A Todd Starnes Radio Show (12p-3p Mon-Fri) listener reached out and said that extreme pressure is being placed on military personnel to get the vaccine. She has a son serving at Fort Bragg.
The caller said soldiers are “just very frustrated and feel like they are running out of options.”
“Two of my best friends also have sons in the military facing extreme pressure. One is a fighter jet pilot in the Air Force,” she said. “He was told if he refused the vaccine that he would never fly again and his career would be over.”
The other is Marine infantryman and his leaders cursed him terribly, calling him every name in the book, she said.
“They told him he was selfish and didn’t care about his fellow Marines. Hard days for them,” she said.