Did US Air Force pilots and bomber crews resign and walk off their jobs over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate?
Take a look at the viral video and article, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US Air Force Pilots Resigned Over Vaccine Mandate!
A video by a bodybuilder called Justin Y. O’Donnell, and an article by Real Raw News have gone viral on social media, claiming that US Air Force pilots and bomber crews walked off their jobs over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
In his video, Justin claimed that “my dad just let me know” that the Secretary of Defense sent a text message at night to all active members of the military, threatening them with a court martial if they did not get a COVID-19 vaccination by 10 AM in the morning.
The Real Raw News article is very long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS and the video!
Truth : US Air Force Pilots Did NOT Quit Over Vaccine Mandate!
The truth is the whole story is fake news created by Real Raw News – a known fake news website, and here are the FACTS…
Fact #1 : Viral Video Was Based On Fake News
In his viral video monologue, Justin Y. O’Donnell claimed that his father told him the Secretary of Defense sent out that text message.
The truth is – the story was created by the notorious fake news website called Real Raw News.
We just don’t know whether Justin’s father told him the fake story, or he made that part up to make it sound more believable.
Fact #2 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website
Real Raw News is a known fake news website, that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.
The entire article – including the F-22 Raptor pilot quote – is FAKE.
To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter, claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.
This disclaimer lets him keep creating fake news that will go viral, and generate him money.
His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website.
Fact #3 : USAF Announced Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination
The US Air Force announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccination on 3 September 2021, which required all Airmen and Guardians to be FULLY-VACCINATED against COVID-19 by :
- Active duty personnel : November 2, 2021
- Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve personnel : December 2, 2021
There was no need for a force-wide text message because the notice was officially issued earlier.
Fact #4 : Secretary Of Defense Did Not Send Any Text Message
Defense Department spokesman, Charlie Dietz, confirmed that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin never sent a text message to all active members of the military.
It is also not logical for him to only give active military personnel all over the world only a few hours to get vaccinated.
Fact #5 : You Cannot Just Quit The US Air Force
Whether you are on Active Duty, or in the Reserves or Air National Guard service, you cannot just quit and walk away from the US Air Force.
Literally walking off the job is considered going AWOL (Absence Without Leave) – a court martial offence under Article 86 of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Fact #6 : No F-22 Pilot Quit Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
A spokesperson for Joint Base Langley-Eustis confirmed to Reuters that :
Fact #7 : No B-52 Crew Member Quit Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
A spokesperson for Barksdale Air Force Base told Reuters that the viral story was “completely false“.
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