The U.S. Army announced Tuesday that all active-duty members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 15, 2021.
National Guard units will have until June 30, 2022 to prove they are fully vaccinated.
The Pentagon declared in August that the military would have to be vaccinated.
“This is quite literally a matter of life and death for our Soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live,” said Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, the U.S. Army Surgeon General.
Members of the Army who refuse a vaccine will be counseled before any punishment, which could include “relief of duties or discharge.”
Exemptions are available on medical, religious, or administrative grounds.
Air Force members on active duty must be fully vaccinated before Nov. 2. The Navy and Marines will have to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 28.