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Marine Corps Ends Harsh Penalties for Those Seeking COVID Vaccine Religious Exemptions

Marine Corps Ends Harsh Penalties for Those Seeking COVID Vaccine Religious Exemptions

U.S. Navy is also reversing an order punishing SEALs who remain unvaccinated due to their religious beliefs.

Are the bureaucrats in the Department of Defense finally catching up with science?

This may be the case, as the US Marine Corps issued a new administrative order temporarily pausing any punishments for Marines who request a religious exemption from receiving the covid vaccine.

The order, which was signed and posted Wednesday, directs commanders within the Marine Corps to halt all administrative actions against Marines, no matter the current stage of the separation process.

The administrative order stated that a U.S. Federal District Court in Florida issued a court order on Aug. 18 that prohibited the Corps from taking “certain actions” against service members seeking religious exemption.

Leathernecks who assert their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) will no longer be punished for their refusal to get vaxxed.

The guidance follows a preliminary injunction that a U.S. federal district court judge issued in August blocking the Marine Corps from punishing any Marine for refusing the vaccine on religious grounds.

“The Marine Corps will not enforce any order to accept COVID-19 vaccination, administratively separate, or retaliate against Marines in the class for asserting statutory rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a Sept. 13 Marine Corps administrative message stated.

“Commanders shall pause all administrative actions related to the involuntary separation of a class member, regardless of the current status of the separation process,” the message said.

The guidance applies to Marines whose original religious exemption request was denied by Manpower & Reserve Affairs, and whose appeal request to the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps was submitted in a “timely manner” and was subsequently denied or is still pending action. The class includes approximately 1,150 Marines, Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Jay Hernandez told Marine Corps Times.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is reversing an order punishing SEALs who remain unvaccinated due to their religious beliefs.

The order, “Trident Order #12,” disqualified SEALs seeking religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine from training, traveling for deployment and conducting other standard business. It was first issued on Sept. 24, 2021 by Rear Admiral H. W. Howard, the former commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, and all special warfare forces were initially expected to come into compliance with the vaccine mandate by mid-October 2021.

…The order was put on hold due to a preliminary injunction issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in early 2022 as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by First Liberty Institute and Hacker Stephens LLP on behalf of 35 active-duty SEALs and three reservists seeking a religious exemption to the mandate.

However, according to a new filing in the lawsuit, the Navy quietly rolled back Trident Order #12 on May 22, 2022, a few months after the injunction was issued.

Making the vaccine optional is the only sensible approach, especially as the erstwhile Commander-in-Chief says the pandemic is over.


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The Vaccine was introduced in Nov 2020. By August 2021, only 9 months later, it was extremely well known by medical authorities including the CDC that the effectiveness of the vaccine was significantly reduced after only 6 months

Covid entered the US sometime in Jan 2020 with the first major wave starting in March 2020. By July 2020, it was extremely well known by medical authorities, including the CDC that the risk to young adults was extremely low.

So the top idiots in the pentagon thought it was smart to require a vaccination that didnt work to protect from a virus that posed little risk!

Should not have happened in the first place. The last couple decades of low quality civilian leadership is a major threat to recruitment and re-enlistment of our voluntary forces. Better wise up.

That’s all fine and good. But why does one need a ‘religious’ exemption? Anyone who is even paying half-attention to the data understands that these ‘vaccines’ are a joke and are completely unnecessary for anyone who is relatively young and healthy (eg. anyone in the Marine Corps).

It’s about time, now what about all of those who were removed from service for declining to take an experimental fake vaccine that doesn’t work?

    henrybowman in reply to Ironclaw. | September 19, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Yeah. Along with not being able to unring a bell, you can’t unburn a log. How does this affect those who were ALREADY burned?

    Gunnies are used to this shit all the time. Three years now since bump stocks were made illegal and had to be turned in. The court case is STILL in process. Meanwhile, you know that all that unreimbursed “contraband” (so not “takings”) has already been destroyed. If the court decides for the gunnies, they know they’re never going to get their property back.

The bureaucrats are not catching up with science… and they never considered it in the first place. This is our government quietly sneaking out the back door on covid before the midterm election.

And this is ONLY for religious exemptions.

If you tried to refuse the ‘vaccine’ because of the direct recommendations of a doctor due to previous severe reactions to a previous shot of THIS VACCINE, nope, you were thrown out.

All the armed services have not met recruiting goals.
As Whitewall said, leftist leadership has driven out conservatives and parents of longtime military families are counseling their children not to join.
Even lefties do not to join a “woke” military.
So the Marines cannot afford to lose a thousand already trained marines.

The problem with data is that straight observation may not support the conclusion you want.

As everyone learned in High Sickle science: first you draw the curve, then you plot the data.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to BierceAmbrose. | September 19, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    In case their program of avoiding inconvenient truths wasn’t obvious, they ditched the two most interesting early data sets: the cruise ship, and the aircraft carrier.

    What did we find hinted at directionally, then explore no further? Sure looked like a highly contagious, narrowly dangerous disease, with outcomes strongly coupled to exposure doses, and specific health conditions at the time of exposure.

    Less strongly suggested by info for those ships, but gaining notice currently at last are non-pharmaceutical, non-vaccine treatments changing the course of the disease. Nasal lavage seems to change the course of this disease. The ships were interesting laboratories for supportive therapies, and general anti-viral therapies since that’s all they had at the time.

    Once the outcomes from exposure vary, unlike say plague, get comprehensive data on demographics, health profiles, and self-treatment, as directional candidate notions to go confirm.

    You wanna not get covid — stay outside. Highest correlations with course of the disease are, age, immune system health, Obesity, and serum Vit D level at time of infection. Etc.

JB says Covid is over, marines ditching mandates- why are universities still mandating, especially given myocarditis info?

    henrybowman in reply to lc. | September 19, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    And hospitals, clinics, etc.
    I’m wearing out my “HEALTH THEATRE” neck gaiter.
    I was hoping not to have to buy another.
    If I do, the next one will be much less subtle.

“Are the bureaucrats in the Department of Defense finally catching up with science?”

No. In what would be an equally surprising development, the administration is obeying a court order.