In 2012, “Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in no uncertain terms that the Air Force, should it fail to remove troops from their units for religiously motivated reasons, would pay the full amount of their separation pay,” the Courier-Journal reports.
However, as recently as Wednesday, 27 airmen were notified that they were being forced to pay back their separation pay in the wake of their decision to stay in a base chapel despite being forced to take a mandated oath of service to a chaplain who believes homosexuality is “un-American.”
“A handful of the airmen, the documents show, incurred surprise departure from their units in connection with protests. Many of the other 29 were ordered to repay the financial award if they quit the service,” the Courier-Journal reports.
As a result of the Air Force’s new directives, 19 airmen were discharged for not taking the COVID-19, while 13 were discharged after deciding to pay back their separation pay, the National Post reports.
Read more at the Courier-Journal.