Top Republican on Armed Services Committee tells Pentagon to SUSPEND its ...

Top Republican on Armed Services Committee tells Pentagon to SUSPEND its ...
Top Republican on Armed Services Committee tells Pentagon to SUSPEND its ...

Sen. Jim Inhofe called on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to suspend the Pentagon's vaccine mandate, which he said had been implemented 'at the expense of readiness and morale.' 

'At a time when our adversaries continue to increase their quantitative and qualitative advantage against our forces, we should seek to ensure that no policy, even unintentionally, hinders military readiness,' the Oklahoma Republican and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee wrote in a letter to Austin. 

'This haphazardly implemented and politically motivated vaccine mandate must be immediately suspended or risk irrevocable damage to our national security reminiscent of sequestration,' or budget cuts. 

On Aug. 24, the Pentagon issued an order requiring each branch of service set a deadline by which its members would need to be vaccinated. Yet as of last week, 103,000 active duty service members had yet to get their first jab. 

The 103,000 service members includes 48,600 Army soldiers; 7,000 Navy sailors; 15,500 Air Force airmen and Space Force Guardians; and 26,800 Marines, according to Military.com.

'This haphazardly implemented and politically motivated vaccine mandate must be immediately suspended or risk irrevocable damage to our national security reminiscent of sequestration,' or budget cuts, Inhofe, above, said

'This haphazardly implemented and politically motivated vaccine mandate must be immediately suspended or risk irrevocable damage to our national security reminiscent of sequestration,' or budget cuts, Inhofe, above, said 

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin ordered all branches of service to implement a vaccine mandate on Aug. 24

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin ordered all branches of service to implement a vaccine mandate on Aug. 24 

The Air Force has set a Nov. 2 deadline for getting inoculated. 

The Navy and Marines have set a November 28 deadline for their active duty forces to be fully vaccinated.

The Army has a December 15 deadline. 

Members of the reserve forces - which have by far the lowest rates of vaccination among the armed forces - have until June 2022. 

US service members can be required to take as many as 17 vaccines, depending on where in the world they are stationed.

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