The Pentagon Just Responded To Oklahoma National Guard Unit That Is Refusing Vaccine Mandate

The Pentagon answered the Oklahoma National Guard unit that they deny enforcing the Covid-19 vaccine mandate. On Saturday nights, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby discussed this explosive development.

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“We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting an exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately,” John Kirby stated.

He continued saying that Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin “believes that a vaccinated force is a more ready force,” and that is “why he has ordered mandatory vaccines for the total force, and that includes our National Guard, who contribute significantly to national missions at home and abroad.”

It was reported previously that the Oklahoma National Guard unit made it clear that to the DOJ that they won’t enforce the vaccine mandate. The commanding officers allowed the troops to opt-out of the requirement.

“The Oklahoma National Guard has rejected the Defense Department’s requirement for all service members to receive the coronavirus vaccine and will allow personnel to sidestep the policy with no repercussions, a potential blueprint for Republican governors who have challenged Biden administration mandates,” the Washington Post reported.

“Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, appointed this week by Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) as adjutant of the state’s 10,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen, on Thursday notified those under his command that they are not required to receive the vaccine and won’t be punished if they decline it,” the report added.

“It’s an extraordinary refusal of Pentagon policy and follows Stitt’s written request to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seeking suspension of the requirement for Guard personnel in the state,”
The Washington Post gave the National Guard’s action background, which opened another path of resistance to the unlawful coronavirus mandates.

“Overall Republican resistance to vaccine mandates has intensified in recent weeks, with multiple GOP governors filing suit to stop the requirement for federal contractors and a Friday court ruling temporarily halting the administration’s directive that private businesses employing more than 100 workers require inoculation or impose onerous testing guidelines,” the Post states. “Oklahoma’s objection to the Pentagon’s directive would appear to open another pathway for states to challenge the president’s orders.”

The Pentagon stated that the U.S. military troops had to receive the vaccine this August. They must ‘immediately begin to get the COVID-19 vaccine,’ Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in the memo and ordered service leaders to ‘impose ambitious timelines for implementation.’

The DOJ has faced many lawsuits over the order, including a class-action lawsuit from all five military branches members.

The U.S. president is not the only one who can issue ‘mandates.’

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