Not enjoying the same level of “bodily autonomy,” 40,000 National Guard troops are about to miss the vaccine mandate deadline and could be booted out of the service.
The end of Roe v. Wade last week has officials in the Biden administration ramping up the hysteria.
At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the US military is evaluating its policies following the landmark Supreme Court’s ruling.
Nothing is more important to me or to this Department than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce and DOD families. I am committed to taking care of our people and ensuring the readiness and resilience of our Force. The Department is examining this decision closely and evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law.
As of yet, however, there are no plans to address the issue of abortion among US service personnel.
…[T]he Pentagon does not have any policy to announce for accommodating female service members stationed in states that have outlawed abortion, officials tell NatSec Daily.
Female troops seeking the procedure already face steep hurdles to getting the care they need: They cannot get abortions at military medical facilities, and federal law also prevents troops from using their Tricare health insurance to cover the cost of the procedures at private facilities, unless the life of the mother is at risk due to the Hyde Amendment.
Another challenge is that women in the military can’t easily — or discreetly — leave their stations to travel to a different state to obtain the procedure.
This development puts a damper on the Gay Pride celebration that the Pentagon has been indulging in the entire month of June.
Transgender visibility in the U.S. military was on full display on Tuesday during the Pentagon’s annual event recognizing Pride month, which this year featured two transgender speakers in prominent positions in the aftermath of the Biden administration lifting the transgender military ban.
The event — hosted in coordination with DOD Pride, the affinity group for LGBTQ employees and service members within the Defense Department — took place in the Pentagon auditorium under the theme of “All Together” and highlighted progress in stripping away barriers previously preventing LGBTQ people from serving in their roles, such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the transgender military ban.
And while women may enjoy “bodily autonomy,” about 40,000 American Army National Guard troops don’t and are about to be booted out of the service unless they get a vaccine that is essentially ineffective and for a disease that only rarely severely impacts young and fit adults.
Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country – or about 13 percent of the force – have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine and could lose their jobs as Thursday’s deadline approaches.
At least 14,000 of the soldiers who have not had the inoculations have flatly refused to get them. According to data obtained by The Associated Press, between 20 percent to 30 percent of the Guard soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10 percent in 43 other states still need shots.
National Guard officials say states are doing all they can to encourage soldiers to get vaccinated by the time limit. And they said they will work with the roughly 7,000 who have sought exemptions, which are almost all for religious reasons.
‘We´re going to give every soldier every opportunity to get vaccinated and continue their military career. Every soldier that is pending an exemption, we will continue to support them through their process,’ said Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard.
‘We´re not giving up on anybody until the separation paperwork is signed and completed. There´s still time.’
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