Three cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who have refused the Covid-19 vaccine will not be commissioned as military officers but will graduate with bachelor’s degrees, the academy said Saturday.
Academy spokesman Dean Miller said that a fourth cadet who had refused the vaccine until about a week ago, decided to be vaccinated and will graduate and become an Air Force officer.
In a statement, Miller said that while the three will get a degree “they will not be commissioned into the United States Air Force as long as they remain unvaccinated.”
As of Saturday, the Air Force is the only military academy, so far, where cadets are not being commissioned due to vaccine refusal.
Ahead of that ceremony, the U.S. Air Force Academy Board conducted its standard review of whether this year’s class had met all graduation requirements on Friday.
Across the military, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have discharged as many as 4,000 active duty service members for refusing the vaccine.
About 99% of the active duty Navy and 98% of the Air Force, Marine Corps and Army have gotten at least one shot. »