According to a recent email, the Special Warfare Center located on Fort Bragg, NC, is now forcing its soldiers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “No one is allowed to refuse the vaccine or will be subject to UCMJ according to Group,” the email read.

The first stanza to the Special Forces Creed goes:

“I am an American Special Forces soldier. A professional! I will do all that my nation requires of me. I am a volunteer, knowing well the hazards of my profession.”

This stanza from the Special Forces Creed is like many others across the Armed Forces. But to what limits are these hazards considered to be of the soldiers’ own free will? In other words, can a soldier actually refuse the vaccine?

According to AR 600-20, paragraph 5-4-C:

“When a General Court Martial Convening Authority (GCMCA) or the delegated representative determines that conditions of imminent threat exist (where the threat of naturally occurring disease or the use of biological weapons is reasonably possible), Soldiers may be involuntarily immunized. Involuntary immunization(s) will not be ordered by a commander below the GCMCA unless authority to do so has been properly delegated by the GCMCA. Before ordering involuntary immunizations, all of the steps outlined in paragraph (a) should be followed, situation permitting. In performing this duty, unit personnel will only use the amount of force necessary to assist medical personnel in administering the immunization.”

During these times of uncertainty, leaders have to determine what is best for their soldiers and the citizens of this country. With no historical data and a major lack of testing, it appears the army has decided to adopt the COVID-19 vaccination even though the FDA hasn’t approved it yet.

In a statement shared with SOFREP, the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at SWCS has dismissed the email saying that it does not represent the position of the command.