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Mandatory Vaccines for Troops: What Happens If They Refuse?

Now that the Pentagon has said it will start requiring service members to get the Covid vaccine by mid-September through either a presidential waiver or approval from the Food and Drug Administration, what happens if troops refuse?

Those military members should expect a range of penalties for doing so, military law experts said, ranging anywhere from a reprimand to confinement and getting kicked out of the military.

The vaccine mandate from DoD, which could be implemented sooner based on infection rates, is expected to be a lawful and enforceable order, especially if it begins after the FDA approves the available vaccines.

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