[Ed. – The mandate is pending final FDA approval. We can hope the approval is not gun-decked. Military members expect to spend their careers complying with vaccination mandates, so this is hardly a break from precedent. The proper requirement is that the vaccine have legitimate testing and assessment and be approved by the FDA.]
Members of the U.S. military will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine beginning next month under a plan laid out by the Pentagon Monday and endorsed by President Joe Biden. In memos distributed to all troops, top Pentagon leaders said the vaccine is a necessary step to maintain military readiness.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the mid-September deadline could be accelerated if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or infection rates continue to rise.
“I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon” licensure by the Food and Drug Administration “whichever comes first,” Austin said in his memo, warning them to prepare for the requirement.