According to the representative of the press service of the Air Force Ann Stefanek, the official reason is the failure to comply with the order of the Minister of Defense Lloyd Austin of August 27 on mandatory vaccination of all personnel of the Armed Forces.

The U.S. Air Force was the first in the country’s armed forces to terminate the contract with 27 servicemen who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This was reported by the Associated Press (AP) with reference to the representative of the press service of the Air Force Ann Stefanek.

According to her, the official reason is the failure to comply with the order of Defense Minister Lloyd Austin dated August 27 on mandatory vaccination of all personnel of the Armed Forces. “None of these 27 people applied for exemption from vaccination for medical reasons or religious beliefs. All of them had their first military contract, and they were low-level military personnel,” the agency quoted Stefanek as saying.

Austin instructed the command of each type of Armed Forces to independently set a deadline for the execution of his order. In the Air Force, it expired on November 2, in the Navy and Marine Corps – on November 28, in the ground forces they were obliged to vaccinate no later than December 15. The head of the Pentagon stressed that those who disobeyed are subject to dismissal, with the exception of those who receive an exemption from vaccination. These requirements were also extended to reservists and soldiers of the National Guard, although later dates of vaccinations were set for them, in particular, those assigned to the ground forces – until June 30, 2022.