The US military has purged its ranks of those who have refused to undergo the COVID-19 vaccinations, with reports indicating that over 200 Marines have been dismissed thus far.
According to Fox News, 206 U.S. Marines have been discharged from the service since the end of November for refusing to take the vaccine.
“Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Aug. 25 directed all military branches to ensure service members receive the vaccine as the number of cases surged over the summer,” Fox News reported.
“The deadlines for each branch of the military passed as of Dec. 15, and disciplinary action appeared to immediately follow.”
Several Marines who declined the vaccinations spoke to Fox News Digital on the promise of anonymity one of which said that it was, in reality, a “political purge” by the Biden administration.
According to military members, the Biden administration is forcing away the military’s “best and brightest” because of sincerely held convictions that should be protected under the First Amendment.
“There’s something fundamentally wrong at this point with our nation’s leadership,” said a major with more than 17 years of active service.
“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.”
“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,” a 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.”
The issue of COVID-19 vaccinations has been a hot-button issue across the nation, and the world, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be at the forefront of the conversation.
Earlier in the month, California Rep. Darrell Issa spearheaded a group of Republicans to send a letter to President Joe Biden as his capacity as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, calling what the president was planning a “grave mistake” when it comes to the military vaccination policies.
“As the father of a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps who honorably served our nation in a foreign combat theater, you can fully and uniquely appreciate the sacrifices that our veterans make for America,” the letter said. “There is simply no good reason to charge forward, decline all deliberation and recklessly damage – perhaps irreversibly – our nation’s security and force readiness,” they wrote.