The Pentagon responded to the Oklahoma National Guard that didn’t want to comply with the vaccine mandate. The Pentagon spokesperson, John Kirby, addressed the breaking development on Saturday.
“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,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
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Kirby added 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 that the Oklahoma National Guard unit clarified to the DOJ that they wouldn’t enforce the vaccine mandate. The commanding officers allow their troops to opt out of the requirement in accordance with the governor’s order.
“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 report noted.
The Washington Post also gave some background on the National Guard’s action, which shows another road of resistance to the unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
“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 ordered the US military troops to vaccinate against the Covid-19 virus this August. Military troops must ‘immediately begin to get the COVID-19 vaccine,’ Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated and ruled service leaders to ‘impose ambitious timelines for implementation.’
The DOJ faced many lawsuits due to this order, among which are class-action lawsuits from the members of all military branches.
In the Pentagon’s response to these people is any indication, the Biden admin is being severely careful not to exacerbate a developing issue. Biden isn’t the one who mandates the vaccines. State governors could introduce their mandates and dare the executive branch to see them in court.