by Jordan Dixon-Hamilton
More than 500 active duty service members across branches have been discharged for refusing to comply with the military’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.
The Marines discharged the most members among the branches at 339, according to the most recent data. The Air Force discharged 111 members, while the Navy discharged 45.
The Army said it has not “involuntarily separated any Soldiers solely for refusing the lawful order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.” However, the Army plans to segregate unvaccinated soldiers from the vaccinated.
“As previously announced, this month Army officials intend to issue further guidance for the mandatory initiation of separation for Soldiers who refuse this lawful order,” an Army press release said.