June 21, 2023

Republicans Rehash Vaccine Mandate Policies In NDAA Amendments

Source: Defense One

Journalist: Caitlin M. Kenney

Using the Career Intermission Program as a model to help reinstated troops have normal careers may not be a good idea because the program is too new to see whether program participants “are actually facing unintentional discrimination in promotion boards,” said Katherine Kuzminski, a senior fellow and the director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Even if information about being separated for refusing the vaccine and then being reinstated are deleted from someone’s file, the file will still look different than others under consideration, Kuzminski said.

“That is kind of the internal politics of boards,” she said.


While these amendments largely cover authorities and processes the defense and military secretaries already have, Kuzminski said trying to put them in the NDAA is “enshrining a political preference into something that the department can already do, and it’s turning it into a—the department must do.”

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  • Katherine L. Kuzminski

    Deputy Director of Studies, Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Katherine L. Kuzminski (formerly Kidder) is the Deputy Director of Studies, and the Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society (MVS) Program at CNAS. Her research special...