Marine denied of religious exemption says DoD enforcing vax mandate 'to the detriment of national defense'

Lt. 안부. Scott Duncan is just one of the many aviators who was denied a religious exemption after the Department of Defense’s mandate on all active-duty 서비스 회원 went into effect on Nov. 28. If Duncan’s appeal is denied, he will be discharged from the military for choosing to forego the vaccine. Duncan has flown over 300 combat missions, 포함 200 carrier landings for the Marine Corps.

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I am not unique in my situation,” Duncan told Tucker Carlson on Monday. “There are many incredibly qualified individuals with a tremendous amount of experience, and we believe that that can be a detriment to national defense in the event we separate that many aviators.

이상 200 해병대 have been booted and thousands more face the same fate for refusing to submit to the vaccine.

Duncan said he and many of his fellow Marinesdo disagree with the pedigree and the technology maturation over time.

그러나, 그는 덧붙였다, “that’s [다만] one issue. The other is just a conviction by the Holy Spirit and I believe we are led in that fashion. We do not have any peace about the vaccine itself,” 그는 말했다. “We also believe we have an inherent right to our own body. We believe that is our right, it is conferred with us from the maker and creator and that is the foundation of the Constitution which we defend. So those are all the bases primarily of the religious accommodation that has been both requested, denied, and then subsequently appealed.

KIN, JAPAN - 4 월 28: United States Marines queue to receive the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at Camp Hansen on April 28, 2021 in Kin, 일본. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

KIN, JAPAN – 4 월 28: United States Marines queue to receive the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at Camp Hansen on April 28, 2021 in Kin, 일본. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) ((Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images))

Other Marines who spoke with Fox News said they were on the receiving end of a “담요” denial of religious exemptions, with their applications being rejected without consideration. Eight separate letters of denial provided to Fox News were nearly identical, 인용 “military readinessas the primary reason for rejection. 미국. military has issued just two religious exemptions to date.

Duncan said he hopes the DoD leadership will weigh thecost-benefit analysisof what’s at stake.

We absolutely believe everything we’ve done up to date in honorable service, as well as what we’re doing now, is consistent with those views,” 그는 말했다. “That view is just not shared by some leadership within the Department of Defense and so we believe this is a very reasonable and above reproach way to express our concerns.

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