The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will begin separating soldiers who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine from service.
Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth asked commanders to initiate involuntary administrative separation proceedings against any soldier refusing the vaccine.
The same rule applies to soldiers who do not have an approved or pending exemption request.
The directive applies to all soldiers, active-duty reserve-components and cadets.
Soldiers who will complete their separation or retirement, or begin transition leave, on or before July 1 are granted a temporary exemption.