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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Despite looming vaccination deadlines, large swaths of the military remain unvaccinated in the face of the Pentagon's vaccination mandate, according to data from the Washington Post.

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Shocked. I am shocked.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-10-10 08:10 PM | Reply

Ha!

Hm.
I'm calculating the following numbers when the reserves and guard are included:

Air Force: 85%
Navy: 79%
Army: 62%
Marines: 61%

www.defense.gov
www.statista.com

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2021-10-10 08:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 Excellent, a 40% reduction in Army and Marines head count will be a good start.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-10-10 10:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Vaccination rates per branch fall in line with average and median ASVAB scores within the branches, LOL.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-10 11:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#4 - that's why the original headline was so good!

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2021-10-11 08:27 AM | Reply

On a depressing and serious note, watch those that don't get vaccinated and then leave/have to leave the military. I'd bet some will be joining their local militias and organizing to ensure Trump's victory, no matter what the people express with their vote, or going "lone wolf."

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2021-10-11 08:43 AM | Reply

They can be made to get get vaccinated. In the late 90s I saw groups marched down to be observed getting their anthrax shots after they didn't get them in time. These idiots are potentially screwing up their careers for nothing.

#7 | Posted by qcp at 2021-10-11 09:31 AM | Reply

If you don't like getting vaxxed, the military is a really bad career choice.

#8 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-10-11 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Better get rid of all of them. An emasculated US is great for the world.

#9 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-10-11 12:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What an great way to reduce the military budget. Get rid of all the losers and keep the smart ones with very little red tape involved.

It's such a fortunate fiscally conservative opportunity.

I bet Republicans are loving it!

#10 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-10-11 01:17 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

Tieing masculinity to a vaccine shot. What a sad person you are. The military has required vaccine shots for decades.

#11 | Posted by memyselfini at 2021-10-11 01:20 PM | Reply

Their job is to salute and follow orders. If they won't, cashier the lot. That general discharge will certainly follow them around for a while...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2021-10-11 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Better get rid of all of them. An emasculated US is great for the world.

#9 | Posted by BellRinger

The only people worried about masculinity are closet gays and weak mean.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-10-11 04:53 PM | Reply

BellStoogicalGoatster is really on a roll these days.

#14 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-11 06:21 PM | Reply

It's such a fortunate fiscally conservative opportunity.

I bet Republicans are loving it!

#10 | POSTED BY BOCAINK

Congress folks are attempting to save these folks' jobs and allow them to avoid an "other than honorable" or "general" discharge status.

I have mixed feelings, but I generally lean toward imposing cost on --------.

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-11 06:26 PM | Reply

#15

Why would the COVID jab be any different from any other?

What sucked was the Anthrax shot. I would have preferred waterboarding.

And the Anthrax jab actually, no kidding, killed people.

Still have to get it though.

#16 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-10-11 09:07 PM | Reply

I'd bet some will be joining their local militias and organizing to ensure Trump's victory, no matter what the people express with their vote, or going "lone wolf."

#6 | POSTED BY YAV AT 2021-10-11 08:43 AM | FLAG: MMMHHMM

Like the guy who has a bad day at work and comes home to beat his wife and kids.

Can't win a war in a war zone... but ya gotta kill something. Can't let that training go to waste.

It only gets worse with each war too.

Alaska and other Boonie states are full of them.
Hell, there are bunches of them using their bivouacking skills on Skid Row in L.A.

Thank heavens most of my life is in the rearview mirror.

#17 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-10-12 06:02 AM | Reply

And the Anthrax jab actually, no kidding, killed people.

Still have to get it though.

#16 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

Sounds like another Republican myth.

So I looked it up. While there have been numerous reports from veterans of unexplained, multi-symptom illnesses. I did not see any deaths associated with the anthrax vaccine.

I did see this:

"During the first eight years that the Pentagon ran the anthrax vaccination program, hundreds of troops refused the vaccine due to perceived health risks or religious concerns " and many of them paid dearly for that decision.
The penalties ranged widely. Some kept on working, others received nonjudicial punishment, lost rank and pay, saw their careers ended or even faced brig time and dishonorable discharges."

www.militarytimes.com

Good luck refusing to obey orders in the military.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-10-12 10:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#16 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

My guess is that this reflects how political the COVID vaccine has become.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2021-10-12 01:31 PM | Reply

I don't get it. When a person first joins the military they get about a bazillion vaccinations. But now they are upset about the one vaccination that will actually likely help them? Wow. Good job Trump.

#20 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-10-12 02:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I was in the USAF 1967-73 (67-70 active 43151E SSGT), and when the newfangled computer printout arrived on the First Sergeant's desk, he copied it, and sent it off to the OMS branch chiefs, who in turn called us out six at a time to go to the base hospital to get our shots. They used a pneumatic gun of some sort. There was NO discussion. I got all my shots, including the legendary GG shot in the butt as a military formation. and they repeated the drill as necessary!

#21 | Posted by john47 at 2021-10-12 03:43 PM | Reply

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