By: Konrad Holden
Thousands of military members have applied for religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine, but are struggling to get approval.
Around 30,000 troops are still unvaccinated, though several thousand of those have received permanent or temporary medical or administrative exemptions. That leaves thousands who may be dismissed, including a large group of Navy SEALs.
Biden’s Department of Defense announced its COVID-19 mandate for all US military service members back in August.
Back then, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said, “Get the shot. Stay healthy. Stay ready.”
Now, that vaccine mandate may be affecting military readiness by making thousands of troops, including a large group of Navy SEALs, undeployable because religious exemptions (called “religious accommodations” in the military) seem impossible to get.
In fact, no requests for a religious exemption have been approved. Many that have been denied are already in the appeals process.
Despite the fact that thousands of troops may be sent home and that multiple lawsuits have been filed, the Biden administration and the Department of Defense continue to push for a 100% military vaccination rate.
Just last month, a group of those Navy SEALs filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the vaccine mandate.
Last Thursday, military officials announced that unvaccinated soldiers would be dismissed from duty very soon.
“Sincerely held religious beliefs forbid each of them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine for a variety of reasons based upon their Christian faith as revealed through the Holy Bible and prayerful discernment.” - Lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of a large group of Navy SEALs