We’ve received numerous messages from Soldiers in the National Guard over the last few months telling us their leadership told them a deadline was fast approaching where they would be barred from attending monthly drill, but they would be listed AWOL (absent without leave) if they didn’t attend. This is all predicated on the servicemember not being vaccinated with Pfizer’s experimental gene therapeutic, of course.
So I’m in [redacted], and they said that no matter what we wouldn’t be punished for pending religious or medical exemptions from the Covid vaccine however in April they are issuing flags for anyone that doesn’t have the exemptions accepted, and June is when they start kicking people out, however, they are forcing people to not be allowed to go to drill, or get paid for it, while not having an excuse to miss it, they are enforcing us to become awol without a choice.
After getting yet another message regarding this, dare I say, illegal and coercive order, I decided to do some more extensive digging (which involved posting and you guys responding; I love y’all).
Apparently, the Secretary of Defense issued a memo regarding this info back in November of ’21.
The memo states:
Unless otherwise exempted in accordance with Department policy, all members of the National Guard must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the deadlines established by the Army or Air Force, as appropriate, or must subsequently become vaccinated, in order to participate in drills, training and other duty conducted under title 32, U.S. Code.
No Department of Defense funding may be allocated for payment of duties performed under title 32 for members of the National Guard who do not comply with Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
No credit or excused absence shall be afforded to members who do not participate in drills, training, or other duty due to failure to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Simply put, if you’re not vaccinated you can’t drill, and if you can’t drill you’re AWOL. That’s what the “no credit or excused absence shall be afforded” means.
Just so we can say we discussed the full context of what this means, let’s take another look at how many members of the National Guard are still unvaccinated.
According to a brief from the Defense Health Agency dated 09 February 2022, 14.8% of the Reserves & National Guard, or 116,777 people, are not vaccinated or their status is unknown. While the breakdown between the two elements is unknown, we can surmise the number is staggering in its size and the implications it has for our national security are disastrous to say the least.
It’s likely a safe bet that Congress will not get involved either. You know how it is; you have to commit to something, you don’t want to upset your handlers, the conversation is “sticky,” and in general it means you have to stop being a worthless puddle of pond scum that fights for America’s wellbeing and seeks to advance its exceptionalism. So yea, count Congress out.