White House opposes NDAA provision banning dishonorable discharge for COVID-19 vaccine refusal
Bill would prohibit service members from receiving a dishonorable discharge for refusing vaccine
The White House said it “strongly opposes” a provision in the 2022 defense spending bill that would block the Pentagon from dishonorably discharging a service member who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
A section in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act would limit military commanders’ options for disciplining those who fail to comply with the vaccination mandate, the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of administration policy Wednesday.
Section 716 of the NDAA would prohibit service members who are discharged over vaccine refusal from receiving anything other than an honorable discharge, noting that “many Americans have reservations about taking a vaccine that has only been available for less than a year.”
The Pentagon has described the vaccine mandate as a “lawful order” that must be obeyed.
“To enable a uniformed force to fight with discipline, commanders must have the ability to give orders and take appropriate disciplinary measures,” the White House said in a statement.
There are many reasons a military that is made up of mostly young, healthy people might not want to take a vaccine with little clinical history for a virus that is not likely to be a great threat to them.
If punishment is warranted (I’m not arguing that it should be or the mandate is reasonable), then separation from the military should be sufficient. Such personnel would forfeit their careers, retirement, and benefits.
A dishonorable discharge makes these military personnel into prohibited persons. It’s tantamount to a domestic violence or felony conviction. A dishonorable discharge keeps these people from getting jobs in the civilian world.
The Biden Administration wants to burn our military who refuse vaccination out of being employable as civilians and stop them from being legal gun owners.
This is clearly driven by an assumption that any soldier who refuses the vaccine is not ideologically aligned with Biden and desire to ruin these people’s lives forever.
This is obscenely vindictive for a Commander in Chief to do to his troops.
Also, I feel the need to point out that the punishment for refusing a vaccine in the Army is higher than the punishment for warning an enemy about an attack through back channels or authorizing a drone strike on an aid worker’s family that kills seven kids.