U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) joined a letter with nine of his congressional colleagues calling on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to end the military's vaccine mandate.

Moore, whose district includes Maxwell Air Force Base and Fort Rucker, said given the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) changing guidance, the Pentagon should relent on the vaccination requirement.

"With updated CDC guidance for the unvaccinated, the Department of Defense's final fig leaf justifying its purge of patriots for refusing vaccination has been stripped away," Moore said in a statement. "During a time of global turmoil and missed recruitment targets reaching the level of a national security crisis, the military has absolutely no justification for sacrificing readiness in favor of virtue signaling and the appeasement of this administration's political base. The military vaccine mandate must end, and all our servicemembers so cruelly separated due to this disastrous policy must be rehired with full back pay."

Moore joined U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Mary Miller (R-Ill.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Ben Cline (R-Va.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Greg Steube (R-Fla.) and Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) on the letter.

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