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Over 100 Marines Discharged for Refusing COVID Vaccine

Over 100 Marines Discharged for Refusing COVID Vaccine

Meanwhile, Sec. of State Blinken vows more US military might in Asia to counter China.

This week, I reported that 27 members of the US Air Force have been discharged for failing to get the COVID vaccination.

Now over 100 Marines are being discharged for not complying with the vaccine order.

One hundred three Marines have been discharged for refusing to take the COVID vaccine, the Marine Corps said Thursday, as the military services have begun to discharge a pool of possibly as many as 30,000 active duty service members who still refuse to be vaccinated — even after multiple opportunities to do so past vaccination deadlines.

In late August, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered mandatory COVID vaccines for all U.S. military personnel.

More discharges potentially loom ahead.

It’s not clear how many could end up being discharged. But according to the services, at least 30,000 service members are not yet vaccinated, but several thousand of those have gotten temporary or permanent medical or administrative exemptions approved.

Of the remaining — which is likely 20,000 or more — thousands are working their way through the exemptions process or have flatly refused. That’s about 1.5 percent of the roughly 1.3 million active duty troops.

I will simply point out that the politicized policy does nothing to enhance military readiness, for a staggering array of reasons:

  • Serious COVID-19 cases impact the elderly, the obese, and those with other co morbidities….conditions not applicable to the members of our military.
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart tissue) is a side effect noted especially in young men who obtain the shot.  Even though the “experts” report this condition abates readily,  the potential impact is  significant. Why not allow those who receive the vaccine determine of they wish to take the risk (especially since the danger of serious side effects is minimal, per the first item)?
  • The virus is clearly mutating to a milder version.  I am sure the US military has more pressing priorities that punishing service members for not getting vaccinated against something that, at worst, is going to be a severe cold.
  • Troop morale has to have taken a hit.

And as the US military leadership has decided to impose senseless and draconian policies on service personnel, while focusing on diversity-inclusion-equity, I find it fascinating that Secretary of State Antony Blinken  is vowing more American military might to push back against China in Asia.

Blinken said the Biden administration is committed to maintaining peace and prosperity in the region and will do that by boosting U.S. alliances, forging new relationships and ensuring that the U.S. military maintains “its competitive edge.”

“Threats are evolving, our security approach has to evolve with them. To do that, we will lean on our greatest strength: our alliances and partnerships,” Blinken said in a speech in Indonesia, outlining the administration’s Indo-Pacific plans.

“We’ll adopt a strategy that more closely weaves together all our instruments of national power — diplomacy, military, intelligence — with those of our allies and partners,” he said. That will include linking U.S. and Asian defense industries, integrating supply chains and cooperating on technological innovation, he said.

Perhaps it is time to rethink the need to discharge qualified military men and women, rather than continuing to write checks larger than policies can cover?

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Now you can see why Putin is demanding what he’s demanding and no doubt China isn’t that far away from “formally” annexing Taiwan.

There is absolutely nothing about this administration that says they are serious about anything important.

And that makes them extremely dangerous because no one sees these amateurs as adults, which could result in China AND Russia doing dumb shit that would force Biden to do something equally stupid to save lives.

And as WWI showed us, when no one can bring complete and utter domination to the battle space the resulting quagmire results in unlimited damage to everyone.

Lives should be face! Biden will have to do something to save face like he did in Afghanistan when he killed that family.

I think it’s to break up the military cohesion, tossing out any not totally in line with Leftists running the USMC

From the publicly available data, there have been more cases of myocarditis in the military this year than in the last 30 YEARS COMBINED in the military.

What you point out as bugs are probably viewed as features by the Brandon Administration.

It’s not about Covid.

It’s not about the vaccine.

The peasants must learn to do as they are told. Without question. Mindless obedience to the ruling class is required. This is not optional. Failure to conform will not be tolerated.

What’s the big deal? It’s for the ‘common good’. Non-compliance is selfish.

Those are the new rules in America (formerly known as the Land of the Free). Same as the old rules — the rules in the old Soviet Union, that is.

“Perhaps it is time to rethink the need to discharge qualified military men and women…”

They did not think about it before they made the decision, so there is no rethink involved here.

    henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | December 18, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    The smart money here is on picking up these castoffs and putting them to good use. And I have a good use in mind I’d be happy to suggest.

Bad move…wrong group to tick off over a stupid Not-A-Vax.

Covid is the new religion, manufactured by those demanding we comply. The vaccine is their “Drink up me hearties!” Kool-Aid. If you contracted SARS-CoV-2, natural immunity is obtained, and not to be messed with, especially with a DNA manipulator as it can cause serious adverse reactions and rogue antibodies. Rather stand on principle and tell anyone forcing vaccines and stupid masks to go pound sand.

30,000 troops potentially discharged for merely not getting a jab? Sweet Jesus, that’s more loss than the Union Army took at Gettysburg (24k). If recruiters think they have a tough job now filling the ranks, they ain’t seen nothing yet

Even though the “experts” report this condition abates readily

This bit of misinformation is meant to protect the vaccine at all costs. It doesn’t mean what they they’re trying to imply: that it permanently abates. Historically, 2/3 of people diagnosed with heart inflammation die within 5 years. Most of them will have gotten better at some point before taking a turn for the worse.

When the AF had up their Covid tracking statistics, I noticed the for all of 2020, zero active duty airmen died of covid, but looking at the accident stats from the AF JAG website, I noticed more active duty airmen died during PFT (physical fitness tests) in 2019 than died of Covid in 2020. How is forcing military members to get the vax helping mission readiness. Heck, even if a Marine fails the PRT/CFT, they don’t get kicked out immediately like the vax. And a new article just came out about how the USMC banned the AAV from doing any amphibious operations, permanent!!! How is that helping mission readiness?!!!

May the USMC should be focusing more on actual mission readiness problems, like AAVs being permanently banned from performing amphibious operations, instead of fake problems like covid in the active duty military.

thalesofmiletus | December 19, 2021 at 10:28 am

100 able-bodied marines discharged back into the citizen militia.