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EXCLUSIVE: Air Force Begs Troops Booted Over COVID-19 Vax To Come Back

  • The U.S. Air Force sent a letter to an airman who was discharged for refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine, telling him he could correct his service record and rejoin the military, according to a photo of the letter obtained by DCNF. Ta.
  • The letter echoes a similar letter recently mailed to 1,900 Army soldiers who were discharged for the same reason.
  • Gilbert Cisneros, a former Pentagon personnel official, told Congress in February that he expelled troops for “refusing lawful orders.”

The U.S. Air Force has sent a letter to retired airmen offering them an opportunity to rejoin the military over the now-canceled coronavirus vaccination requirement, according to a copy of an aviation newspaper. It is said to reflect a similar letter. Enforcement letter obtained by Daily Caller News Foundation.

Former Air Force members separated for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine received a letter Sunday with the recipient’s name, according to a person familiar with the matter. The letter allows former airmen to request that their service records be amended to show they received an honorable discharge and to re-enlist as the military continues to miss its recruitment goals. It is said that.

“Our records show that as a result of the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for military personnel that were rescinded by the Secretary of Defense on January 10, 2023 and by the Secretary of the Air Force on January 23, 2023, Indicates your separation from military service.”, 2023,” the letter reads. “If you would like to request consideration of an amendment to your personnel records, including records regarding the characteristics of your discharge, you may submit a request to the Air Force Discharge Review Board or the Air Force Military Records Amendment Board.”

The letter also encouraged Air Force veterans who wish to return to active duty to contact local recruiters. It could not be determined exactly how many letters were sent and over what period of time, and the Air Force did not respond to DCNF’s request for comment. (Related article: Army calls up soldiers at the last minute, abolishes mandatory conscription requirement due to panic over manpower shortage)

However, the Air Force’s letter mirrors similar notices sent to U.S. Army soldiers discharged for the same reason. The Army has sent approximately 1,900 letters to former soldiers who were discharged for refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine, a spokesperson confirmed to DCNF.

Between February 2022, when Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin officially lifted the vaccination requirement, and January 2023, the Army discharged 1,903 active-duty soldiers for refusing to be vaccinated, Army spokesperson Shahin said.・Major Uddin told DCNF.

Uddin confirmed the army’s letter. circulated As if it were real to DCNF on social media. He said this was the first time the Army had directly contacted former soldiers by sending a letter.

“It’s too early to tell because the letter was only recently sent,” Uddin said, referring to the letter’s success in bringing former soldiers back to active duty. As of September 9, only 19 people who were separated due to vaccine refusal had returned. “But this is part of the overall COVID relief process mandated by Congress,” Uddin said.

Both the Army and Air Force missed their recruitment goals for fiscal year 2023, resulting in the worst recruiting crisis since the inception of the volunteer military.

Congress required the Pentagon to overturn the COVID-19 vaccination mandate in the 2023 Defense Act, but it did not include relief for retired military members or those in the process of applying for exemptions.army policy It has been confirmed that from February, ex-soldiers will have the option to request corrections to their service records.

Military officials said in Congressional testimony that the petition would be considered on a case-by-case basis at that time.

One February hearingThe Department of Defense (DOD) and military officials say those discharged from the military will be required to upgrade their military records to qualify for certain post-service benefits not available to those who are not honorably discharged. said that it can be done.

“If you’re already separated and you want to update your file, for example, you have to go through a discharge review board,” Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz-Jones said at the time. Said House Armed Services Committee in February.

He said Air Force veterans who received a general discharge rather than an honorable discharge and wish to reenlist should similarly petition to have their discharge rating increased. “And once you are able to do that and it is successful, assuming you meet the inclusion criteria, you can talk to a recruiter and apply to rejoin.” Ortiz Jones said 610 Air Force personnel have been quarantined for refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Gilbert Cisneros, a former Pentagon personnel official, said Congressional troops were forced out for “refusing lawful orders.”

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