Soldiers who were forced to leave the army for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine received letters with instructions on how to rejoin. According to media reports, the move comes at a time when the military branch is facing serious recruitment problems.
"As a result of the rescission of all current COVID-19 vaccination requirements, former soldiers who were involuntarily separated for their refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccination may request a correction of their military records." This was detailed in a letter signed by Brigadier General Hope Rampy, director of personnel management for the Army, which was authenticated by Task & Purpose.
CNN reported that in October, only 43 of the more than 8,000 military personnel who were discharged from the military for refusing to be vaccinated attempted to rejoin eight months after the vaccination mandate was officially repealed.
In January, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ended the military's novel coronavirus vaccination mandate for troops. "Section 525 of the NDAA for FY 2023 requires me to rescind the mandate that members of the armed forces be vaccinated against Covid-19, issued in my August 24, 2021 memorandum … I hereby rescind that memorandum," Austin said in a memo.