May 14, 2022 — Four seniors at the U.S. Air Force Academy may not be allowed to graduate because they have refused to take a COVID-19 vaccine, The Associated Press reported.
The Department of Defense mandated last year that all military service members, including military academy students, be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they’re granted an exemption. Other vaccines are also required for service members. The spokesperson for
Air Force Academy, Lt. Colonel Brian Maguire, said that the situation could change as “there are still two more weeks before graduation so their status may change as the cadets consider their options.” According to the Associated Press.
Graduation is scheduled for May 25 at the Air Force Academy campus in Colorado Springs, Colo. Maguire also said two juniors, one sophomore, and six freshmen have refused to take the vaccine. One possible consequence for Air Force cadets could be having to repay tuition costs. The U.S. military academies sometimes require students to repay those costs, which can be as much as $200,000, if they leave during their junior or senior years, The Associated Press said.