Air Force cadets who refused COVID vaccine will graduate but will not receive commission

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Three Air Force Academy cadets who the force originally said would not be allowed to graduate due to their refusal to be vaccinated against coronavirus will receive their degrees this month, but they will not receive commission.

The academy’s board conducted a “standard review” and recommended that the three seniors receive a bachelor’s degree, according to a press release from the school.

But the academy also said they “will not be deployed in the U.S. Air Force as long as they remain unvaccinated,” and that Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall will determine whether candidates will be required to “reimburse the United States for training costs rather than for service.” “

And while the graduates will be awarded their degrees, they will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony on May 25th.

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United States Air Force Academy cadets celebrate their graduation as a team of F-16 Air Force Thunderbirds flying over the academy on April 18, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

United States Air Force Academy cadets celebrate their graduation as a team of F-16 Air Force Thunderbirds flying over the academy on April 18, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It has been confirmed and is petty, vengeful, disrespectful and unnecessary,” attorney Mike Rose, representing one of the unvaccinated cadets, told The Washington Times.

This comes after Air Force officials earlier this month said four cadets were not allowed to graduate or be appointed military officers and that they could be forced to pay thousands back in tuition. The fourth candidate chose to be vaccinated and will now graduate and become an Air Force officer.

The Pentagon last year announced a vaccine mandate for service members, including those at military academies.

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FILE - This Friday, August 10, 2007, the file image shows the logo of the Department of the US Air Force at the United States Embassy in Berlin.  A new report released on Monday, December 21, 2020 on racial differences in the Air Force concludes that black service members in the service are far more likely to be investigated, arrested, subjected to disciplinary action and discharged for misdemeanor.  (AP Photo / Michael Sohn, File)

FILE – This Friday, August 10, 2007, the file image shows the logo of the Department of the US Air Force at the United States Embassy in Berlin. A new report released on Monday, December 21, 2020 on racial differences in the Air Force concludes that black service members in the service are far more likely to be investigated, arrested, subjected to disciplinary action and discharged for misdemeanor. (AP Photo / Michael Sohn, File)

“To defend this nation, we need a sound and clear force,” Secretary of Defense Loyd Austin wrote in August. note. “After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have decided that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is necessary to protect the force and defend the American people.”

The justice of the military’s vaccine exemption reviews has been questioned by members of Congress, the military and the public, and several lawsuits have been filed over opposition to the mandate, centered primarily on the fact that very few religious exemptions had been granted.

The Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force have discharged nearly 4,000 active duty members due to their refusal to be vaccinated. Recent data from the services show that more than 2,100 Marines, 900 sailors, 500 Army soldiers and 360 pilots have been discharged. At least 50 service members were discharged during beginner-level training.

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Air Force Recruitment Center near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Air Force Recruitment Center near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Service members who have refused the vaccine without seeking a waiver are still being discharged, while the discharges from those involved in lawsuits are being postponed in the midst of legal battles.

The military has said that as many as 20,000 service members have requested a religious exemption and that thousands of such applications have been rejected.

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About 99% of the active fleet and 98% of the Air Force, Navy and Army have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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