GOP Representatives Urge Pentagon To End Military Vaccine Mandate

A group of 47 members of congress sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urging the Pentagon to immediately revoke the COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued last August for all service members, contractors, and civilian personnel.

Jack Bergman (R.-MI), one of the letter’s signers, states on his website that the representatives are “demanding answers from the Pentagon regarding the effect of the Secretary’s military COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the readiness of America’s Armed Forces.”

The representatives writing this letter had concerns that went past the political posturing that has plagued much of the past two years when it comes to COVID-19 and the importance of the vaccine. This letter was written out of concern for the readiness of the U.S. military.

The letter states that they were writing “to express our grave concern over the effect of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the readiness of our Armed Forces, particularly the U.S. Army.”

“As a result of your mandate, eight percent of the Army’s approximately 1 million soldiers face expulsion, Army recruiters cannot meet their FY22 target, and the Army has cut its projected FY23 end strength by 12,000 soldiers. As a major land war rages in Europe, our own military faces a self-imposed readiness crisis,” the letter continued, pointing out the potential costs of keeping the mandate active.

Chip Roy (R.-TX), Mike Johnson (R.-LA), and Thomas Massie (R.-KY) were the three co-leaders of the letter, but the act garnered wide support from republicans throughout the House.

Since the military vaccine mandate was put into place last August many people on both sides have questioned whether or not it did more to protect Americans or put the country at risk, and it seems clearer by the day that the risk is higher than the reward.

As effects of the virus lessen, especially in healthy young men and women, the vaccine becomes less necessary. Add to that the fact that the army did not meet their recruiting goals and that eight percent of the Army would face expulsion if the mandate stays in effect, the dangers to the country are clear and imminent.