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Thousands of Marines defying Biden’s military vaccine mandate

Thousands of active-duty Marines will miss the Marine Corps and Navy’s Nov. 28 deadline to be fully immunized, as ordered by the Biden administration’s military vaccine mandate, according to reports.

About 91% of active-duty Marines and 66% of Marine Reservists were fully immunized last Wednesday, according to the Marine Corps.

That still leaves up to 10,000 active-duty Marines not fully vaccinated, according to the Washington Post, which the document described as a “vexatious result”.

The thousands of Marines will join the nearly 10,000 Air Force personnel who did not comply with the vaccination mandate by the deadline.

There will likely be thousands more non-compliant, with the military deadline looming on December 15.

Non-compliance poses a challenge to the Biden administration – which has threatened consequences, including separation from the military, for military personnel who fail to comply with the mandate.

The Biden administration has even opposed the removal of dishonorable discharges for military personnel who do not comply.

But the resistance can stiffen.

Last week, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (right) ordered members of the Oklahoma National Guard to ignore the Pentagon mandate when not on federal assignments and more governors could take similar action.

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called on Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to suspend the “politically motivated” Pentagon vaccination mandate, “saying that it would hurt preparation and morale.

“This randomly implemented and politically motivated vaccination mandate must be immediately suspended or risk irrevocable damage to our national security reminiscent of kidnapping,” he said, referring to the cuts in defense that have taken place during the Obama administration.

He also criticized separation from the military as a punishment for not complying with the vaccination mandate:

Clearly, no military, defense ministry civilian or contractor supporting the ministry should be fired for failing to comply with the mandate until the ramifications of mass dismissal are known. With an increasingly shrinking pool of candidates, hastily executed policies such as this have the effect of further reducing the department’s ability to tap into the limited resources of people essential to national security.

The Marine Corps issued a warning last month that Marines who do not comply will be expelled.

A number of Marines have requested religious accommodation as part of the vaccination mandate, but the service said it would not release any numbers until the deadline expires.

According to a number of reports and statements from the services themselves, no service has granted a service member religious exemption from the vaccination mandate.

Earlier this month, Breitbart News exclusively reported that the Marine Corps was using the same form to deny all requests for religious accommodation of the vaccination mandate, despite a legal obligation to review each request individually.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro told reporters last week that the Marines would not be deported “on the day of the deadline,” according to Task & Purpose.

The Pentagon has argued that members must be prepared to deploy, which includes being vaccinated against COVID-19.

At the same time, members of the military are younger and healthier than the general population and, in general, do not appear to suffer as badly from COVID-19 infection.

An October 2021 article from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States said that the number of COVID cases among civilian and military populations of the same size should not differ significantly, but that the severity in terms of burdens and critical care deaths is “considerably lower” for the military population.

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