GOMORs For Unvaccinated Troops Caught Unmasked

| July 20, 2021

Dozens of Fort Knox soldiers unvaccinated for COVID-19 will face punishment for entering base facilities maskless, according to Army spox.

General Officer Memoranda of Reprimand (GOMORs) are being issued to the military personnel for violating General Order Number 1, dated 17 May 2021.

GOMORs are a form of administrative punishment, and are a “career-killer” when included in a soldier’s permanent personnel file.

ninja sends.

GOMORs galore: Punishments to be issued for unvaccinated troops caught unmasked at Fort Knox

Davis Winkie

Leaders at Fort Knox, Kentucky, will punish dozens of soldiers unvaccinated against COVID-19 who were caught entering on-post facilities without wearing a face mask last week, Army officials confirmed.

“The Fort Knox senior commander [Maj. Gen. John Evans] and other commanding generals across Fort Knox are preparing to issue approximately 40 General Officer Memoranda of Reprimand to individuals found to have violated General Order Number 1, dated 17 May 2021,” said Fort Knox spokesperson Kyle Hodges in a statement emailed to Army Times.

GOMORs are a dreaded form of administrative punishment considered to be a “career-killer” when included in a soldier’s permanent personnel file, though the Army has faced criticism in the past for utilizing them and other administrative punishments in lieu of court-martial proceedings for more serious infractions of discipline.

The reprimands are among the first publicly-acknowledged punishments for U.S. troops who have declined the COVID-19 vaccine but failed to wear masks.

A GOMOR would look great, framed and displayed right next to my DD-214 on my “I love me” wall.

Army Times

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    And here we go.

  2. MCPO USN says:

    Aren’t we supposed to be healthy troops with robust immune systems?

    The mask thing: Most of the ones I see people wearing wouldn’t protect them from anything. If they really want to protect people, make a standard mask mandatory. Other than that, piss off.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I myself still can’t help but LMAO at those I see driving solo while wearing a mask, that’s like a guy going to bed alone while wearing a condom! I see it being the same as there being a 99.9% chance you’re not going to shit your drawers, but they tell you to wear a diaper anyway.

  3. Green Thumb says:

    As morale hits a new low…..

  4. KoB says:

    Scariest part of that article is we have “Senior Officers” at a major Military Post with nothing better to do than hang out at the PX and Shoppettes busting folks for not wearing a useless mask.

    During my time I followed a lot of stupid orders and/or company directives, not because I believed in them but because they were lawful orders or company directives, violations there of could mean an effect to my paycheck. Play the game girls and boys, teh stoopid ones outnumber and/or outrank the ones of us with some common sense. Everyday that passes I Love my DD-214 and retirement life more and more. And every Yuengling I drink helps shore up that North Wall with another foo gas container.

    • Commissar says:

      “Senior leaders”…

      Probably garrison commander and CSM pushed this spot check.

      If they did utilize senior leaders I applaud it; if it was mid level NCOs the majority of soldiers likely to be spot checked are junior soldiers.

      Yes, it would be better if they didn’t have to waste time doing this…

      But so many fools refuse to wear masks even when ordered to…it was clear the order needed to be enforced.

    • MI Ranger says:

      I sort of agree with LARS…sort of! (Using my best intelligence wishy washiness) It is highly possible that Senior Leadership probably would not likely stoop to actually see what their Soldiers were doing. It is highly probable that incentives were provided to anyone with evidence (say a smart phone photo sent to the base commander) of people not wearing masks…or they had the MPs guarding the door and asking for papers!

      • SFC D says:

        Fort Huachuca commissary and PX had a “Courtesy Patrol” strolling around checking for compliance. Usually SGT/SSG. Not sure what penalties (if any) were handed down for non-compliance. HOWEVER… in my work related travels around the post, I did happen to hear a couple of my Drill Sergeant buddies discussing how they deal with a non complying trainee. Commander was discussing it with JAG.

        • Dennis - not chevy says:

          We had a similar “Military Appearance Surveillance Team” back in ’70’s at Mtn Home AFB. Usually TSgt’s hiding in the bushes by the only barber shop on base. One TSgt kept a ruler which he used to measure the women’s skirts. Turns out the CMSgt who ran the show was seen out of compliance many times by Airmen who had been reprimanded for being out of compliance. That, and for other reasons, the program was cancelled by authorities higher than Wing.

    • tom reynolds says:

      It’s not a game when they are trying to poison you.

  5. NEC338x says:

    Navy too.

    “E6 & below: Report Chit followed by DRB and likely CAPTs Mast.

    E7 & up: NPLOC and potential for reduced leadership grades on their FITREP/EVAL”

  6. Top W Kone says:

    Trust me a GOMAR would not look nice on your wall.

    It would likely turn your honorable Dd214 into an OTH at best. If they let you stick around longer than the ink drying.

    Getting one for something stupid like not wearing a mask is up there with getting one for not keeping your hair in standard.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Thanks, Top, I’m pretty bullet-proof. Meaning civilian. The DD-214 is a security blanket meme here.

  7. Slick Goodlin says:

    I was a Legal Clerk in the 82nd Airborne Division JAG Office in the late 70’s and processed lots of Article 15’s.
    When did this GOMAR thing start?

    • Commissar says:

      Since at least WWII?

      They are administrative so they may not have been processed though the division legal office.

      It is basically a non-judicial executive action. At the discretion of the commander.

      He can chose to put it in your local or permanent records. You have an administrative appeal process. Usually this is unsuccessful unless there was exculpatory information the commander was not aware of or unless you can convince the next higher command that the commander is acting in a capricious and arbitrary manner.

      • Hatchet says:

        And you found this information from which website? Certainly not from experience. “Exculpatory”, “capricious” and “arbitrary”?
        Just another one of your meaningless syllable-salads. Nice cut & paste but it’s just more of your unsupported drivel…
        FUCK OFF

      • SFC D says:

        An “administrative action” is decidedly not a “non-judicial action”. Punishment under Article 15 is non-judicial. Administrative action would include revocation of off post-privileges, bar to re-enlistment, flag for favorable actions, and GOMAR. Apples and oranges. One would think a field grade officer would know such things.

        As always, you’re a fraud.

  8. Commissar says:

    It is not difficult.

    If you are not vaccinated you are required to wear a mask to protect yourself and other soldiers.

    If you don’t wear the mask despite the requirement you violated the order.

    GOMAR sets an equal standard across ranks. UCMJ does not since the UCMJ does not treat ranks equally.

    • M. Bibliophile says:


      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Major Moonbat aka Commissar is dedicated to being a brainwashed fool like no one I’ve ever known, he’s the type that Goebbels had wet dreams about!

    • Commie-Tsar says:


    • Hatchet says:

      No LARS, I guess for the sake of both of your brain-cells ‘It is not difficult’.

      “If you are not vaccinated you are required to wear a mask to protect yourself and other soldiers.” – Rather belabours the obvious doesn’t it, LARS?

      “If you don’t wear the mask despite the requirement you violated the order.” – Well LARS, this only proves – yet again – that you have a firm grasp of the obvious.

      “GOMAR sets an equal standard across ranks. UCMJ does not since the UCMJ does not treat ranks equally.” – And after regaling all of us with your incredible wealth of information – you FAIL to support it with any FACTS and FAIL to cite where you SOURCED that information from.

      Commie-czar, let’s face FACTS – you trying to be some kind of Zampolit is like a joke without a punchline.. As such, I’d like to suggest a name-change for you. Instead of calling yourself Commie-czar, you really ought to call yourself ZEK(узник) – it’s Russian for “Prisoner”. YOU’RE A FRAUD.
      FUCK OFF

    • OldManchu says:

      You are like a scrawny malnourished shrill yipping beta dog that runs around with a pack of more dominant dogs.

      When they bark their covid orders, you echo with shrill “yeah yeah yeah what they said” yipping and yapping.

      All the while never being noticed by the big dogs or the ones being barked at.

      Ankle biter.

  9. Slow Joe says:

    Masks don’t work.

    But, the wokeratee believes in them, as part of their superstitious religion, and they have the power to force it on the rest of us.

    If only the Stupid Party, aka as the GOP, had half the balls and half the dedication to succeed.

    We are doomed.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Lighten up, Joe!

      WE aren’t doomed! The dumbocrats are doomed!

      It ain’t US!! It’s THEM!!!

  10. Anonymous says:


  11. fm2176 says:

    As a still-serving NCO, it’s too easy: play the game or risk winning a stupid prize. I’m vaccinated and was glad when I could finally walk around post without a mask. If I weren’t vaccinated, though, I’d think long and hard about entering an on-post facility without a mask, and would likely avoid places like the PX and Commissary altogether. I did wear a mask to a dental appointment recently, though, because it’s required regardless of vaccination status.

    This is a bit heavy-handed, IMO, but it doesn’t surprise me, especially if it’s being used against Soldiers who’ve actively declined the vaccination while also disregarding the mask requirements. The military is about conforming, but currently we are given a choice–get vaccinated or mask-up. Failure to do one or the other is a blatant disregard of a general order, like it or not. What does worry me is the quote in the article, “These unmasked individuals failed to provide proof of vaccination.” Do I risk being reprimanded if I am unaware of a new post policy? My card’s been at home since I got the second shot a few months ago.

    • Penguinman000 says:

      With the cessation of hostilities in Afghanistan the glow belt police had to find a new mission.

  12. ChipNASA says:

    Looks like someone else gets is and has already done the simple leg work for all the nasty anti-vax people out there (sarc) If I weren’t already vaccinated (kinda a work thing) maybe I’d wear one too, even though it would not go over very well in my neck of the woods, Pikesville being one of the larger Jewish populations in the U.S. (not so sarc)



  13. Devtun says:

    No evidence of misdeed, or a soldier just kinda annoys the brass? Yep, use perhaps the most feared weapon…,er tool in a GO’s arsenal – The GOMOR.

  14. CPT Crunch says:

    Trump got COVID, still got the shot AND wore masks a lot of the time.

    If only Trump was still President we’d have the exact same rules as we do now!

    Also, imagine being in the military and saying no to a shot. I’d take all three versions of the vaccine if I could.

    • SFC D says:

      Imagine a law, enacted because of the military’s wonderful anthrax vaccination program, that allowed military personnel to refuse an EXPERIMENTAL vaccine. Not every vaccine. You’re free to take as many versions as you want, as often as you want. That’s your choice. You don’t get to make the choice for the military or anyone else.

    • USMC Steve says:

      Well captain, you can have mine and my wife’s, because we ain’t buying into that fucking bullshit. Not now, not ever.

  15. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    How fucking stupid is this?

    They broke a stupid fucking rule in a military filled with stupid fucking rules…the punishment for this shit used to be burning some turd barrels, or KP, or running some fucking laps till you felt like puking…

    It sent a message and kept those among the troops who were knuckleheads from being too knuckleheaded without discouraging them from remaining in the military.

    Instead let’s fuck them over and wonder why retention and recruiting is falling below desired parameters…

    It’s almost like watching a pack of dipshits try to fuck a door knob some days…except occasionally, unlike these “leaders”, the dipshits get the job done…

    • SFC D says:

      In 24 years of active federal service, I received not a single article-15. However… I earned and deserved a few. I had creative, smart NCO’s that were very talented when it came to “Corrective Training”. Infractions by Soldiers don’t always have to reach the officer level, let alone General officers. You get caught without a mask? Great. You get to spend your saturday in Class A’s at the PX checking vaccination cards. If you fail that, you’re back sunday. Fail that, we move on to UCMJ.

      • AW1Ed says:

        WTF is this, a rational and creative method to deal with an infraction at the lowest level possible? Getdafuckoutta here!

        • SFC D says:

          Yeahhh I’m old-school like that. As was my father, LTC D, and his father, SGM D. Must be some kind of genetic anomaly.

    • ChipNASA says:

      OK VOV Congratulations, with some editing, your comment has made me giggle enough to want to fit it into the The Hemisphere of Insults®™

      “It’s almost like watching a pack of dipshits try to fuck a door knob some days…except occasionally, unlike these “leaders”, the dipshits get the job done…

      I think I’m going to try to fit it into the HoI …”Watching this particular dipshit fling his shit story, is almost like watching a pack of dipshits try to fuck a door knob some days…”

      I like it.