Army Vaccine Memo Ends Reenlistment, Promotion, & Awards for Refusers

Soldiers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine will not be allowed to reenlist, collect a bonus, put on a higher rank, accept awards, or have college classes paid for under a memo issued by Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The memo (pictured below) presents the clearest guidelines yet for soldiers who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination without an approved exemption. The punishments will kick in Dec. 15, the Army’s active-duty vaccine mandate deadline, and will apply to Army Reserve and Army National Guard troops after their deadline in June 2022.

Wormuth’s memo is aimed at soldiers who either have not pursued an exemption or have exhausted all appeals to a denied exemption. It will not apply to those awaiting a decision on a medical or administrative exemption.

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