US Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called on the US military to begin reinstating service members who were dismissed during the pandemic for refusing to take the jab.
Rep Gaetz plans to introduce a new amendment to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that would both protect current members of the military who refuse the jabs, reinstate members who were previously dismissed for refusing to take it with restored rank and grade, and providing full back pay for members who did lose their jobs during this period.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Gaetz is positioned perfectly to take up this cause for the unemployed veterans, which he views as essential to restaffing our military.
“I see the impact on our readiness from these mandates,” the Congressman said during a Tuesday phone call with The Daily Wire. “We are hundreds of pilots short in the Air Force and we’ve lost a number of pilots as a consequence of these mandates.”
Despite his enthusiasm for his bill, Representative Gaetz noted that it still is a long way for it to even pass his committee, especially since the head Republican Rep Mike Rogers (R-AL) has expressed support in the past for the jab mandates. Rogers has previously said, “I hope that number (of vaccinated service members) reaches 100% quickly.”
Despite potential opposition from within his own party on the Committee, Gaetz feels strongly that Republicans as a whole will back his initiative, telling Daily Wire “That is not my view and I doubt that’s the view of a majority of Republicans.”
According to Military.com, the Army discharged at least 742 active service members for jab refusal. Do you think Gaetz’s plan is a good one or should the military be allowed to dismiss service members who refuse jabs regardless of what they are meant for?