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    ‘Single Digits’: Only a Handful of Sailors Booted over the COVID-19 Vaccine Reportedly Want Back In

    ‘Single Digits': Only a Handful of Sailors Booted over the COVID-19 Vaccine Reportedly Want Back In

    Fewer than 10 of the more than 2,000 sailors discharged for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine have expressed interest in rejoining the Navy now that the shot isn't required, a service official told lawmakers Tuesday.

    “We've had single digits in terms of numbers of individuals who explored the option of returning to service,” Navy Under Secretary Erik Raven said during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee's personnel subcommittee.

    Testifying alongside Raven, Army Under Secretary Gabe Camarillo said he did not know how many soldiers have sought to return, and Under Secretary Gina Ortiz Jones did not address how many airmen want to rejoin.

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    Tuesday's hearing was the personnel subcommittee's first under the chairmanship of Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., who has said he wants to use the post to target “woke” Pentagon policies. Republicans use the term woke to refer to a wide range of Biden administration policies they disagree with, including the 's now-defunct COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

    Republicans, despite controlling neither chamber of Congress at the time, successfully fought for a provision in last year's defense policy bill repealing the Pentagon's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Service members are required to take about a dozen other vaccines, but Republicans argued the mandate trampled on individual liberties…

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