Since Biden took office and started imposing his policies, the military is facing a recruitment shortage. It’s so bad that the military is reaching out to former soldiers they booted to try and get them back.
The U.S. Army has sent letters to former service members who were dismissed due to their refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. These letters offer them the opportunity to request corrections to their discharge records, as the U.S. military continues to grapple with recruitment challenges that have persisted for three years since the onset of the pandemic.
The letter, which has gained attention on social media platforms, was addressed to former service members and informed them of new Army guidance regarding the correction of military records for those who had been separated from the Army due to their refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The letter clarifies that individuals who were involuntarily separated for this reason now have the option to request corrections to their military records through the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB) or the Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR).
Brigadier General Hope C. Rampy, the Director of the Military Personnel Management Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, signed the letter, and it also provides links to three forms that individuals can use to request corrections to their military personnel records, including those related to the characterization of their discharge. The letter says that former Army members can return to service if they wish.
“Individuals who desire to apply to return to service should contact their local Army, US Army Reserve (USAR) or Army National Guard (ARNG) recruiter for more information,” the letter concludes.
While the Army just started mailing out letters stating soldiers can have their records amended if they were discharged due to refusing the COVID vaccine, this policy has been in place for months.
— Shoe (@samosaur) November 17, 2023
An Army spokesperson has confirmed the authenticity of the letter, dated November 1, and clarified that it is not an explicit call for discharged individuals to rejoin the Army. Instead, it serves as a means to inform former service members about the process for requesting corrections to their military records.
The letter comes amid a challenging recruitment environment for the U.S. military, which has been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. Several branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force, have missed their recruitment targets by a significant margin. The Army, in particular, has faced a recruiting crisis, with its active-duty force size shrinking to levels not seen since 1940.
How bad is it?
Just listen to the soldier below who recently decided to separate. The soldier below claims that while he was deployed during the Afghanistan withdrawal, he was ordered to leave his gear there because there was no room. Now, the soldier has decided not to reenlist and is being charged $3,500 for the gear that he was ordered to leave in Afghanistan. Note that an E-4s monthly pay (which is displayed on the soldier uniform) that has been in service four years is only $2,914.80 a month.
Afghanistan fall out-
active duty Army service member being charged for gear/equipment he was ORDERED to leave in Afghanistan during the pull out. He owes $3500.00 to the Army.
This is wrong on so many levels! pic.twitter.com/wSqslF0VLM
— Margo (@MargoinWNC) November 20, 2023
The video appears to have been authenticated and there are reports that the commanding General of the 82nd Airborne is going to make sure the soldier is taken care of.
BG Work, the commanding general of the 82nd ABN DIV, is aware of the soldier who was told he had to pay for the equipment he was ordered to leave behind in Afghanistan. Individuals close to him have told me he’s going to handle the situation tomorrow and make sure it’s fixed.
— Shoe (@samosaur) November 21, 2023
There has been an update, the soldier has been ordered to take the video down.
An independent journalist Sam Shoemate did confirm that an officer in the soldier’s unit did order soldiers to leave there gear. Some reported to Shoemate that the soldier misrepresented facts other said that his integrity is beyond reproach. The updated information is below for you to come to your own conclusion.
Below is a post detailing new information:
It's very easy to get caught up in the emotion of a video or post, especially when it involves a highly volatile event in our nation's recent history, but it's important get the context and facts straight so we focus our anger in the right direction.
The video of the 82nd…
— Shoe (@samosaur) November 21, 2023
Let’s check in on the post-vaccine mandate military https://t.co/12CaKYRPCV
— BowTiedRanger (@BowTiedRanger) November 21, 2023