Jun 22, 2022 | Politics

Whistleblower Claims 120,000 U.S. Troops Still Unvaccinated, Enforcing COVID-19 Jab Mandate Deadline Could Render Army “Combat-Ineffective”

Whistleblower Claims 120,000 U.S. Troops Still Unvaccinated, Enforcing COVID-19 Jab Mandate Deadline Could Render Army "Combat-Ineffective"

U.S. Army officials claim the COVID-19 inoculation rate amongst troops is 96% as the June 30th deadline approaches for compliance to the U.S. military’s COVID-19 jab mandate.

However, an active-duty senior Army official with access to senior-level information claimed the inoculate rate is in fact significantly lower than 96%.

According to the whistleblower, the “real numbers of unvaccinated service members are way higher than anybody thought,” adding that while “everyone thought” the number of unvaccinated in the Army was approximately 8,000-10,000 members, it is actually around 120,000.

The Defender explained:

To confirm that number, the official confidentially shared an internal U.S. Army document, dated June 2022.

According to the document, in the Army National Guard (ARNG), there are 280,678 members who are fully vaccinated (84.6%), and 7,735 who are partially vaccinated (1 dose) (2.3%) — leaving 43,269, or 13%, who have not yet received a single dose.

In some states, such as Oklahoma, the document shows the vaccination rate for members of the ARNG is as low as 74.11%. Of those, the document lists 15,698 members as “refusals” and 6,749 (2.0%) as going through an exemption process — with 6,257 (1.9%) requesting a religious exemption and 492 (0.1%) requesting a medical exemption.

The document also notes that 80% of unvaccinated soldiers in the ARNG are age 32 or younger, with an average age of 26.2 and median age of 24.

The document adds that “unvaccinated soldiers in their first 1-3 years of service and 4-7 years of service represent the greatest risk to readiness” for the ARNG, and that “Infantry, Maintenance, Engineer and Transportation career fields represent the greatest areas [of] concern for the ARNG.”

The document also states “projected losses could drive [the ARNG] below 70% available strength.”

According to the document, “Current forecasts project unprogrammed, vaccination mandate-related losses to range from … 3-6% of assigned strength,” which would require an anticipated “seven-year effort at 1,500-2,000 ramp per year to restore [the] End Strength necessary to meet required Force Structure.”

The same document also provides figures for the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), stating that 157,390 members are fully vaccinated (87.9%), with an additional 1,411 members partially vaccinated with one dose (0.8%), leaving 19,872 members (11.3%) fully unvaccinated.

Among the unvaccinated, 7,623 members (4.3%) are listed as “refusals” and 4,100 (2.3%) are listed as undergoing an exemption process, with 3,982 members (2.2%) having requested a religious accommodation, and 118 (0.1%) having requested a medical exemption.

The whistleblower added that enforcement of the June 30th COVID-19 jab mandate deadline, and the loss of up to 120,000 service members, would render the Army “combat-ineffective.”

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Army is strongly considering pushing the deadline much further into the future.

Read the full report at The Defender.

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