CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – 206 Marines were separated for refusing to adhere to the Pentagon‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to a Marine Corps spokesman.
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022, which President Joe Biden signed on Monday, stipulates that service members who are dismissed for failure to comply with the mandate receive at least one general dismissal.
The deadline for vaccinating Marines on active duty was November 28 and the deadline for reservists was December 28.
A total of 27 airmen were forced out of the air force. The Army and Navy are waiting until January to begin the formal separation.
To date, 95 percent of all active Marines are at least partially vaccinated, while 94 percent are fully vaccinated.
95 percent of Air and Space Force members are vaccinated, 98 percent of Army members, 99 percent of Navy members and, as of December 1, 95 percent of the Coast Guard are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Around 35,000 soldiers remain unvaccinated, and thousands are demanding religious exemptions.
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