The Biden administration is seeking dishonorable discharges for 46% of troops who refuse to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
The Pentagon mandated vaccines for all U.S. service members (1.3 million) last month.
However, a reported 600,000 service members have declined to roll up their sleeves for the mRNA vaccines.
The White House issued a statement saying a proposed GOP NDAA bill preventing dishonorable discharges would “detract from readiness and limit a commander’s options for enforcing good order and discipline when a Service member fails to obey a lawful order to receive a vaccination.”
The statement said dishonorable discharges are necessary “To enable a uniformed force to fight with discipline, commanders must have the ability to give orders and take appropriate disciplinary measures.”
GOP Representative Mark Green of Tennessee said he was “appalled” at the Biden administration for suggesting dishonorable discharges for service members who refuse the shots.
“No American who raises their hand to serve our Nation should be punished for making a highly personal medical decision,” Green said.
Lieutenant Col Paul Douglas Hague resigned and forfeited his pension after 19 years of service because he “refuses President Biden’s ‘unethical, immoral and tyrannical’ vaccine mandate.”
“I cannot and will not contribute to the fall of this great nation and its people,” the father of seven wrote.
The House is expected to vote on the GOP’s NDAA bill, preventing dishonorable discharges, on Thursday morning.