Wicker Stands Against Dishonorable Discharge for Troops Who Decline COVID Vaccine

Miss. Senator Says President Biden Is ‘grossly miscalculating the will of the American people’

November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined Senator Roger Marshall, R-Kan, and several other colleagues to blast the Biden Administration’s plan to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for American service members. The senators have introduced legislation would prevent the Department of Defense from taking adverse action against service members who decline to take the coronavirus vaccine.

“We’re all in it together, and we need all the help we can get,” Wicker said of the state of the armed forces. “We certainly don’t need to be losing our best and our brightest and our bravest from the force at a time like this.”

 The Biden administration has refused to rule out other than honorable dischargers for service members to decline to take the vaccine, even as thousands of troops oppose a department-wide vaccine mandate. Other service members have taken up legal challenges to the mandate, citing potential infringements on their constitutional rights.

Wicker slammed President Biden for his decision, which could contribute to a readiness crisis in the military.

“Our commander in chief is grossly miscalculating the will of the American people,” Wicker said. “Not only is he going to create a crisis in the United States military, but writ large these mandates across our economy—mandates to small businesses, mandates to businesses that would contract with the federal government—they are not going to be well received. And the free American citizens that I know and I talk to when I go back home are not going to stand for this. He is going to create a shortage in the military, he is going to create morale problems, and in the economy as a whole, he is going to create a recession.”

Watch Wicker’s full remarks here. View Senator Marshall’s amendment to the NDAA here.