‘Kick In The Face’: GOP Blasts Pentagon Over Treatment Of Officers Refusing COVID Vax

  • Congressional Republicans are demanding the Pentagon answer for severe recruitment and retention issues caused by several policies that the lawmakers say amount to a clear “mistreatment” of service members.
  • Fox News Digital first reported last month that U.S. service members who were fired for refusing to comply with the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate are now being forced to pay back their original recruitment bonuses, which they call a “kick in the face.”
  • A group of 23 lawmakers led by Rep. Pat Fallon, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Thursday to ask about the “mistreatment” of troops being forced to repay their signing bonuses. They wrote that the “blame” for the military’s current recruitment and retention problem, which is detrimental to national security, falls on Austin.
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