On December 23, Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow and Future of DHS Project director Thomas S. Warrick published an article in the Hill titled “Pentagon must act to prevent extremist recruitment of unvaxxed service members.” In the article, Warrick and co-author Javed Ali argue that, while unvaccinated US servicemembers poses a threat to military readiness, requiring vaccinations could potentially outcast unwilling military personnel and leave them susceptible to extremist recruitment.

Individuals who joined the military did so out of patriotism and loyalty to the country, and many who hesitated to get vaccinated nevertheless did so when the order went out.

Thomas S. Warrick and Javed Ali
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