7 Pentagon members tested positive for Covid after official trip
Staff who test positive are quarantined. Hicks visited US Strategic Command in Nebraska, Coronado Naval Base in California and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
More separations: Also on Thursday, the Marine Corps announced it had expelled more troops for refusing the vaccine. The total number of rejections rose to 169, from 103 announced last week.
The National Defense Authorization Tax Law 2022, which awaits President Joe Biden’s signature, states that none of the services can dishonorably discharge service members for vaccine refusal. Instead, the discharges must be honorable or general under honorable conditions.
Marine Corps spokesperson Capt.Andrew Wood confirmed that Marines separated for refusal of vaccination are generally discharged on honorable terms.
The way to go: The Marines are still processing 3,192 requests for religious accommodation, of which 3,080 have been completed and no requests have been approved. The Corps granted 1,026 administrative or medical exemptions.
Overall, 95 percent of all active-duty Marines received at least one stroke, while only 85 percent of the Reserve Force received at least the first dose.
The Air Force has separated 27 airmen so far, while the Army and Navy are waiting until January to start offloading their troops for refusing to fire. The Army says 98 percent of its active-duty force has had at least one shot, with the Air Force reporting the same percentage. The Navy says more than 99% of its sailors have received at least the first dose.