The threats begin…A twisted way to get our troops to get the covid vaccine is a morale buster because it punishes anyone who doesn’t get the covid vaccine. Freedom to refuse the vaccine is limited if the troops feel threatened with punishment, like not seeing their loved ones.
Fort Campbell’s commander is warning unvaccinated troops they will not be able to travel freely over the summer and will be considered non-deployable until they get the covid vaccine. Even though getting the vaccine is optional because it has emergency approval from the FDA, troops will be penalized if they aren’t vaccinated. Even though most soldiers had reported they would be vaccinated, fewer and fewer soldiers are getting the covid vaccine.
Maj. Gen. JP McGee recently held a virtual town hall where he said:
“It would be irresponsible of me to allow soldiers to travel unvaccinated throughout the United States and bring that back and have an impact on our soldiers, their families and our overall operational readiness. I’m sure that’s not gonna be a popular decision for some, and that’s quite alright.”
“If you are an unvaccinated soldier, you should not consider it business as usual as you start making plans with your family. You will have to overcome a certain level to take leave.”
McGee said he knows the decision will be “unpopular” and said the decision has not been finalized.
Vaccinated will be able to travel as usual…