Readiness – Has It Been Sacrificed Because of the Vaccination Mandate?

Faye Higbee
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An article on Fox stated that nearly 9,000 Marines are considered “not vaccinated” because of waiting for rulings on exemption requests, or because they are new recruits who have not yet entered the reporting system. Losing that many Marines is a serious detriment to readiness. One problem is that the US Military has not and will not grant even one religious exemption. Nowhere is that more obvious than the Marine Corps. Which affects readiness more – Covid or the potential loss of 9,000 able-bodied Marines? Only 2 Marines died from Covid since the “health emergency” began, and the latest variant is considered mild, more like the “common cold.

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Capt. Ryan Bruce, a spokesman for the Marine Corps claimed that every exemption application was reviewed on a “case-by-case basis to ensure Marines receive due consideration.” Yet the exemption requests were denied out of hand and a form letter issued. They stated that the USMC has never issued a religious exemption for ANY vaccine, not just Covid. The flaw in that thinking is that the Covid vaccines are not a normal vaccine, and as we previously stated, the research for them involved aborted fetal tissue. There is most definitely a religious issue involved that is being crushed by the Corps (as well as the rest of the Military).

Rejecting strong Marines because of the mandate is a giant mistake in view of the situation the world at this time, and our real (not imaginary) readiness will suffer greatly. It appears that our so-called military leadership wants exactly that in the name of control. Military-wide, around 45,000 service members reportedly face discharge.

Readiness issue or political issue?

The Marines who spoke with Fox News said they were on the receiving end of a “blanket” denial of religious exemptions, with their applications being rejected without consideration. Eight separate letters of denial provided to Fox News were nearly identical, citing “military readiness” as the primary reason for rejection.

“I saw one package from a sergeant who had attached, like, 30 pages of material to substantiate why his belief was sincere, under no lawful obligation to do so,” the master sergeant said. “And then to have this as a response with no individual inquiry and just a generalized assertion of governmental interest is insulting.”

“On the religious side, this is absolutely a travesty what’s happening,” one chief warrant officer said. “People are getting blanket denials, they’re not addressing the individual concerns or beliefs of Marines who are submitting for religious accommodations, and I think that’s just horribly wrong. I honestly believe that they’re not really reading the packages.”

Fox News

Political Purge?

“There’s something fundamentally wrong at this point with our nation’s leadership. We are facing an unconstitutional edict that I think is very targeted as a political purge, taking out some of the best and brightest soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians from the Space Force.

USMC Major

One LTC with 19 years of service stated that it appears the Marine Corps is discharging Marines “as fast as they can and as brutally as they can, damaging every Marine as much as they can on the way out.”

The one message I got from the colonel above me was: ‘Tread very carefully, this is political, you will be crushed like an ant.’ And he told me that because he cares about me. Do I want to continue serving in an institution that crushes people for bringing up reasonable points in defending their faith?

Anonymous LTC

We do recognize that Covid was an initial threat, especially for the elderly or people with medical issues. But now it has become a political football, used to target groups the government doesn’t like. Republican members of Congress have filed an amicus brief to stand with the 35 Navy SEALS suing the Biden administration over the mandate.

I think that this White House and this president are declaring a rhetorical war on what they call the unvaccinated, and they’re catching the military in that same rhetorical battle. They are determined to fire, remove and I think ruin those who are challenging their mandate…This would be the most grievous injury that a commander-in-chief has imposed in his command, I think, in the history of this country.”

Jonathan Wilcox, spokesman for Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA)

So we ask again, which causes a readiness issue? Losing thousands of service members or failing to get a vaccine?


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