New National Guard Commander Says He Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate On Soldiers

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A memo from the newly-appointed commander of Oklahoma’s National Guard, has informed all soldiers under his command that they can ignore the Defense Department’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate with no repercussions.

The memo states thatno negative administrative or legal action will be taken” against soldiers who refuse to get inoculated. 

Brigadier General Thomas Mancino, released his anti-mandate memo this week shortly after being appointed to his position as Adjutant General.

His pro-vax predecessor was suddenly replaced by state governor Kevin Stitt a Republican who has previously blasted the vaccine mandate for military personnel.  However, according to the Oklahoman, Stitt’s office did say that the governor’s decision had nothing to do with he issue of mandatory Covid-19 jabs for members of the military

RT reports: The vaccine mandate for US military personnel is part of larger mandates being pushed by Joe Biden’s administration. The president is currently facing legal obstacles in trying to implement a mandate for private employers with 100 employees or more, but most government employees are facing deadlines over the winter and could lose their jobs should they choose not to get jabbed. 

Lt. Col. Geoff Legler, a spokesman for the Oklahoma National Guard, explained that Mancino’s letter allows National Guard troops to continue serving their state without the “fear” of losing their positions. However, those troops could face consequences if they need to attend a required military school or are called up on federal orders. 

The “protection” the memo provides, Legler said, only works “while they are within the state’s borders.” 

Deadlines for military branches vary, but most must be vaccinated by the new year. National Guard troops must be fully vaccinated by June of next year. A “senior official” with the Guard in Oklahoma told The Washington Post that a recent survey taken showed 13% of troops were unwilling to get the vaccine. 

National Guard personnel fall more under state government control, but are still a component of the larger US Army force. Mancino’s decision could provide a blueprint for Republican governors currently looking for ways to sidestep mandates, though it remains to be seen what action the Defense Department could or would take against unvaccinated National Guard soldiers who presumably cannot be activated on federal orders. 

John Kirby, press secretary for the Pentagon, has said in a public statement that he is aware of the memo from Mancino and officials will “respond to the governor appropriately,” adding that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin remains steadfast in his position that a “vaccinated force is a more ready force.”


    • ,Not if you’re in the military – they give you a dishonorable discharge for not being jabbed. It follows you all of your life and affects every facet of your life basically.

      • Only if you’re gonna try to use the military “privileges”.
        If you’re just dishonorably discharged & continue on with your non-military life-things are just like everyone else. I know 4 people that went through this (mainly for slinging pot & one acted like she was crazy to get out) & all of them went on with regular non-military related lives.

        • Any job you apply for, it’s on your record, among other things. It’s not that easy – I just talked with my neighbor, who is a Marine, who is very concerned about this. It follows you all thru your life.

          • Maybe let him know that the coercion and fear he’s feeling right now isn’t backed up with real life data. My friends are doing perfectly fine in their lives. They all felt the way he feels when it first happened. But as they navigated through life they realized the dishonor threat was a fugazi.

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