The United States Army said Wednesday that it will immediately begin separating Soldiers from the service who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Steve Elstrom, with the Fort Riley Public Affairs Office, Fort Riley will fall in step with the Department of Army announcement and will begin involuntary separation proceedings for soldiers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccination order. Elstrom reiterated the Department of Army position that, “having a force fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is critical to ensuring our Soldiers are ready to fight and win.” The Army has approved six exemptions and denied 656. They have denied 266 religious exemptions and approved zero. As of Jan. 26, 3,073 official reprimands have been issued.