REPORT: Facing recruitment crisis, US Army sends letters to soldiers dismissed for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine

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The US Army is having such a difficult time recruiting that it’s sending soldiers who were kicked out for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 instructions on how to rejoin.

The Army sent the letters to about 1,900 active-duty soldiers who were separated for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the military blog Task and Purpose. Bryce Dubee, an Army spokesperson, told the blog that the letters were sent “specifically as part of the COVID mandate recession process.”

A January 2023 Department of Defense memo rescinded the military rules that required service members to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which the department put in place in August and November 2021. The memo said that no one serving in the armed forces will be separated for refusing to take the vaccine if they seek a religious, administrative, or medical accommodation.

Task and Purpose wrote:

The letter, circulated on social media and confirmed by the Army as authentic to Task & Purpose outlines the steps soldiers can take to correct their military records through the Army Discharge Review Board or the Army Board for Correction of Military Records.

The Army is currently dealing with a recruitment crisis, and missed its recruiting goals for this past year by nearly 15,000 soldiers, Task and Purpose explained.

The recruitment crisis is due to a lack of interest from Gen Zers to join the military, which is being attributed to many factors, including the economy, job market, sexual assault in the military and suicide among service members.

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