​Unvaccinated sailors may be on the hook for paying back their education and training costs: report
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According to reporting at the Daily Blaze, members of the U.S Navy who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 not only will face being discharged but may be compelled to reimburse the government for their training costs.

As the report notes, the Navy has announced a timetable for being vaccinated with active-duty sailors required to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 28. Service members in the selected reserve are being given until Dec. 28, with sailors responsible for receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or "one dose of the Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 14 so they can complete the 14-day waiting period to achieve full vaccination status by Nov. 28."

Those who balk not only face being discharged but also the potential to be billed for their training and education costs.

According to the report the Navy established the COVID Consolidated Disposition Authority tasked with dealing with vaccinating enlistees as well as dealing with those who are refusing being vaccinated.

A press release from the Navy is now outlining what steps the CDA is being authorized to take.

"The CCDA may also seek recoupment of applicable bonuses, special and incentive pays, and the cost of training and education for service members refusing the vaccine," the report states before adding, "For officers and enlisted serving in Navy leadership roles refusing the vaccine, they will be notified immediately in writing that they have five days to either begin a vaccination series or request an exemption before being relieved and have detachment for cause initiated."

The press release noted, "Sailors must be prepared to execute their mission at all times, in places throughout the world, including where vaccination rates are low and disease transmission is high. Immunizations are of paramount importance to protecting the health of the force and the warfighting readiness of the Fleet. "

You can read the entire statement here.