The U.S. Marines have been officially notified that they will be kicked out of the U.S. military for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 28 without an approved exemption.
“The Marine Corps had not approved any religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, said Capt. Andrew Wood, a Marine Corps spokesman,” according to Military Times.
The only other exemption option is a medical exemption.
Following Nov. 28, Marines who refuse to comply will be discharged as “general under honorable” conditions. Marines that fall into that category will also not be deployed or be able to reenlist.
Any pending promotions will also be placed on hold for those who refuse to comply.
FYI. COVID VACCINE DEADLINES – IMPACT ON TROOPS. ⁰The Air Force’s active-duty deadline is tomorrow. Active-duty troops in the Marine Corps and Navy must be vaccinated by Nov. 28. ⁰Army soldiers have until by Dec. 15. https://t.co/g9oHNW7iHQ
— Pat Simon (@PatSimonTV) November 1, 2021
In a low blow to military personnel, the latest memo also stated, “Marines separated for vaccination refusal will not be eligible for involuntary separation pay and will be subject to recoupment of any unearned special or incentive pays and advance educational assistance.”
It further adds, “Marines who do not complete their service obligation for Transfer of Education Benefits will lose their eligibility to retain transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and may be subject to recoupment if the Veterans Affairs has already processed a payment for transferred benefits.”
Simply put, Marines who refused the vaccine and received bonuses or special duty pay may end up owing money to the U.S. government.
The Marines currently have a reported 93% vaccination rate. However, the 7% remaining represent a large number of Marines that have served our country honorably and are now at risk of losing their careers.
Many critics of the military’s plan have noted that such actions in the name of “public safety” may have the reverse effect, as a loss of troops could lead to a nation that is technically less safe.
The deadline is leading many to seek prayer, knowing that some “help from above” is needed to intervene on behalf of Marines who have been placed in a difficult position over President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.