By John Kanelis / firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine you’re serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Your commanding officer or the non-commissioned officer in charge of your unit notices your boots aren’t shined properly. He or she orders you to shine ’em up, make ’em look pretty, shine them so you can see your face reflected back at you.
You do what you’re told, right? It’s a lawful order … which is why they call them “orders.” You are required to follow all lawful orders.
So it is that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has declared that every member of the U.S. armed forces — all 1.4 million men and women — will be required to be vaccinated against the COVD-19 virus and the assorted variants that are making Americans sick. That, too, is a lawful order.
I applaud the defense secretary — a retired four-star Army general — for issuing this order. He knows of which he speaks.
Is this going to mean that every soldier, sailor, Marine, Coast Guardsman, airman or space guardian will follow those orders without challenging them? Oh, probably not. We do live in a weird world that politicizes everything.
If they refuse, then their senior officers and NCOs need to take matters into their own hands and force them to be vaccinated.
Then they should toss the proverbial book at them.