Troops Discharged Over Covid Vaccine Now Have Path To Rejoin Military

  • Troops who were placed on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine may be eligible to rejoin the military, according to new guidelines that suggest a reinstatement process similar to a break in service.
  • On Jan. 10 2023, the secretary of Defense removed the requirement that service members be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to join the armed forces, after over 8,000 soldiers reportedly lost their jobs over refusal of the vaccine.
  • Following the dismissal of the requirement, the U.S. Marines changed their guidelines to read that they will “no longer require Marines to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a matter of service policy.”
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