LTC Theresa Long, a US Army flight surgeon, hit the headlines in 2021 with her claims that COVID-19 vaccines were actively harming the health of US military personnel. She's been pilloried by the establishment, but has continued to give evidence concerning what she sees as damage caused by the vaccines.
Now she publishes this tweet.
If LTC Long's figures are correct, that implies the 36,000-odd pilots in all services of the US military have suffered a "casualty rate" from COVID-19 illness and/or vaccinations (plus a few other minor causes) of about 25% - one-quarter of them!!! - over the past three years.
That just boggles the mind. If that's the case, it means huge problems ahead for this country's armed forces. I'm sure not all those medical reports refer to permanent damage, harm that renders the pilot(s) concerned unable to continue their flying career . . . but how many of them do refer to such damage? How hard-hit has the US military pilot community been by such injuries/damage? Has anybody compiled such figures? If so, they're certainly a matter of national security, but also of public interest.
Last but not least, with the aggressive, militaristic posture the USA has adopted concerning the war in Ukraine and the defense of Taiwan . . . do we have enough fit, healthy, combat-capable pilots to back up that posture?
We need answers, and we need them NOW. In the military, we used to say to a braggart or tough-talker; "Your bulldog mouth is writing checks your hummingbird ass can't cash" (or - frequently more profane - words to that effect). If we don't have enough pilots to do everything needed in time of war, the Biden administration had better stop making aggressive geopolitical pronouncements, unless it wants to put our entire nation in that position.
EDITED TO ADD: A couple of hours after I posted this, guess what popped up?
Recent Data Shows 'Stunning Increase' In Serious Harm Reports In Young Healthy Pilots: Army Lt. Col. Theresa Long