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An airman who refused to submit to an anthrax vaccination has been sentenced to 21 days confinement and will be discharged from the Air Force.

A military court handed down the sentence Friday to Brent Rogers, 20, who had pleaded guilty to disobeying an order and making himself unavailable for deployment.

Rogers, who will receive a non-punitive administrative discharge from the Air Force, also will be docked $500 in pay, said Lt. Wes Ticer, a spokesman at Dyess Air Force Base.

Anthrax is an infectious bacterial disease that can be used in biological warfare, and the Pentagon is trying to inoculate the nation's 2.4 million service personnel.

Nationally, as many as 300 servicemen have cited health concerns in refusing the inoculation.

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