Four seniors at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado may not be able to graduate alongside their fellow cadets because they have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Those seniors, also called ‘firsties’ face being fired from the military, getting a letter of reprimand – and could be on the hook to repay the government about $200,000 for their tuition, The Gazette reports.
They had all applied for religious exemptions to refuse the vaccine, the Gazette reports, but their applications had been denied.
Now, spokesman Lt. Col. Brian Maguire said they can either get the vaccine prior to the academy’s graduation in two weeks – or they can ‘elect to voluntarily resign.’
‘Otherwise, they will face consequences for disobeying a lawful order,’ Maguire told the Gazette.
But so far, the Air Force Academy is the only military academy that is barring its seniors from graduation due to their vaccination status.
The decision to let them graduate may ultimately be decided in…