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National Guard members risk losing pay if they don’t get vaccinated

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FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 file photo, A National Guard unit patrols at the Arizona-Mexico border on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 in Sasabe, Ariz. The Obama administration announced Tuesday, May 25, 2010 it was sending as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Members of the National Guard may lose pay if they don’t get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a memo obtained by NBC News, unvaccinated members of the National Guard will not be able to participate in drills in training.

Non-participation would result in a loss of credit for time served, NBC News reported.

The National Guard Bureau reported 54.4% of Army National Guard and 88.4% of Air National Guard troops had been fully vaccinated as of Nov. 22.

According to the memo in response to the governor of Oklahoma, who reportedly said the National Guard cannot force members to get the vaccine.

About 40% of the state’s 6,200 Army Guardsmen are full vaccinated ahead of a June 2022 deadline, and 89% of it’s 2,000 Air National Guard members have complied with the vaccine mandate.