A High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle drives by the crowd during the Marine Corps Air Station Air Show above Beaufort, S.C., April 12, 2015. Local attendees experience local food, static aircraft displays, and performances by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and numerous other military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Olivia G. Ortiz/Released). Via Wikimedia Commons.

According to senior enlisted advisers who testified before Congress today, service members who were discharged from the military due to refusal of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite a denied waiver request, now have a pathway to rejoin.

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston explained that the process to rejoin would be similar to what a service member goes through after a break in service, as long as they meet the qualifications. The Army recently published its guidance, and the Marine Corps released its identical guidance today.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass also confirmed that the Air Force policy is similar and officials are handling requests on a case-by-case basis. While Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy James Honea did not specify if the Navy has released guidance, he noted that the process for all services will be the same based on a memorandum from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, with actions expected by late March.

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., shared that many service members in his district express interest in returning, “One of the things I keep hearing is they want to come back,”  as he noted roughly 8,000 service members had been discharged for vaccine refusal since 2020.

Former Vice President Mike Pence also commented on the situation in January 2023, saying:

“I think it was unconscionable that the Biden administration mandated the vaccine on members of the armed forces of the United States, and I celebrate Congress’s recent decision to rescind that mandate, but that doesn’t go far enough,”

“I think now that Secretary Austin has implemented what Congress passed into law, lifting the vaccine mandate on members of our armed forces, now I’m calling on the Biden administration and the Pentagon to reinstate every man and woman that was discharged from our armed forces because they refused to take the vaccine, and give them 100 percent back pay for the time after they were discharged.”


  1. ….typical government cluster f***. Of course the person responsible will not be held accountable for their devastating decision. There should be recompense for this stupidity.

  2. So shameful that good men and women got booted because they didn’t want the poisonous jabs,but because the criminal in chief wants to start WWIII,and antagonize Russia and China and is excited to see a WWIII brewing ,He wants to regain retention of the same military personnel he screwed over.I pray with all my might that they ALL tell Biden to fuck himself,our nation removes and punishes this sorry anti-American scumbag to the fullest extent of the laws

  3. I retired from the Navy back in 1999 and it was one of the best things I could have done for my health. I say this because I was FORCED to take the annual flu shot despite being exposed to flu many times and no getting Ill despite that exposure. When I got the shot I got sick namely that years flu strain then I would suffer from that for two weeks. After that I would contract a sinus infection and it would last two weeks. Lastly I would have another health problem for two weeks. This was something I could not say no to. Now I have the ability to say NO and not have to worry about getting booted for wanting to be health. I will NEVER take the jab or the Flu vaccine because I do not want either. Yes I was exposed to Covid twice and did not get Ill. My wife got Covid and all during her contagious stage I kissed her many times a day so it was close contact and she did not even know she had Covid till it caused her to develop pneumonia. So while I wish those who want to return to Service all the best I would NOT return for other reasons.

  4. Mike Pence is right.
    Time to roll back the childish policies of Biden’s childish administration and run the Country with adult policies that make sense.

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