Austin orders National Guard to get vaccinated or face loss of pay

Defense Secretary Austin has ordered that all members of the National Guard must get Covid vaccines or face loss of pay and being marked absent from training.

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12/4/2021 4:30:00 PM

Defense Sec. Austin has ordered that all members of the National Guard and Reserve must receive Covid vaccines or face loss of pay and being marked absent without cause from drills and training, according to a copy of a memo.

Defense Secretary Austin has ordered that all members of the National Guard must get Covid vaccines or face loss of pay and being marked absent from training.

Members of the Oklahoma National Guard stage in a parking garage before a rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa on June 20, 2020.Michael B. Thomas / Getty Images fileNov. 30, 2021, 7:47 PM UTC/Dec. 1, 2021, 5:21 AM UTCByCourtney KubeDefense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered that all members of the National Guard and Reserve must get vaccinated against Covid-19 or face loss of pay and being marked absent without cause from drills and training, according to a copy of a memo obtained by NBC News.

Austin made Covid vaccination mandatory for all service members on Aug. 24 and directed the secretaries of the military services to issue their own implementation guidance and timelines. The mandate extended to all service members on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahomawrote a letterNov. 2 asking Austin to rescind the mandate for members of the Oklahoma National Guard. Days later, Stitt appointed a new adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard, who said he would not enforce the mandate. headtopics.com

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Austin responded to Stitt on Monday, denying his request to rescind the mandate for the Oklahoma National Guard. What remained unclear, however, was how the Pentagon planned to enforce the mandate when members of the National Guard are on state duty. Most of the time, including when they are training, members are on state duty and answer to their governors.

Nov. 5, 202118:22The memo Austin issued Tuesday lays out three ways the Pentagon can enforce the mandate across the country, even when members of the Guard are on state duty.According to the memo, which was sent to the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the head of Pentagon personnel and the highest-ranking officer in the National Guard, known as the chief of the National Guard Bureau, members must be fully vaccinated to participate in drills and training.

If they do not participate, they will get no credit for time served and will not receive excuses for their absences, which will affect the days they accumulate toward retirement. They will also not be paid when they are training or activated on state duty if they are not vaccinated. Members of the National Guard are paid with federal money.

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Austin ordered the secretaries of the military branches and the Pentagon’s personnel chief to issue similar guidance to apply to the Guard and Reserve members of their respective branches. The policies and implementation guidance must be published no later than Monday. headtopics.com

More than 400,000 people serve in the National Guard. The Oklahoma National Guard has about 8,000 members.Courtney Kube

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I remember when they did the same thing over the flu vaccinations Why? They're healthy enough so the odds of serious side effects or death are slim to none & the vaccine won't prevent them from catching covid or spreading it Contrarian view, let the unvaccinated fight hand to hand...give the enemy Covid-19...we win! 😆

Makes so much sense you can’t have someone protecting the people with the ability to spread an highly infectious disease and possible death. Just stupid Weakening national security should be considered treason. Come to Florida, Guardsmen And yet ALL members of congress AREN'T required to get vaccinated!!

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Thousands of Air Guard, Reserves don't meet vaccine deadlineMore than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don't get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday. Air Guard members who report for their monthly drill this weekend will be allowed to participate and will be paid — whether they are vaccinated or not, but those without shots will have the opportunity to get the vaccine when they report to their base, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek. The Air Force said roughly 11,000 troops did not get the vaccine by the deadline Thursday. Or another way to frame it is 95% of the armed services got vaccinated. Over 400,000 members. Bye to them all Then resign. They'll need it later.

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