Defense Secretary Austin dodges on support for dishonorable discharge of unvaccinated service members

Defense Secretary Austin dodges on support for dishonorable discharge of unvaccinated service members


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to say whether he objects to the dishonorable discharge of military service members who refuse COVID-19 vaccination.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama posed the question during an Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, in which the top military official was grilled alongside Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, U.S. commander of Central Command, about the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal, among other things.

“We have a [military code] that really addresses all of the issues in the military and gives our leadership what they need to be able to enforce standards,” Austin said when asked about the consequence of forgoing vaccination.

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“Taking the vaccine is a requirement, and again, I’ll just leave it at that,” he concluded.

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