Troops accuse Pentagon of ‘religious purge’ — Analysis
Service members talk of a “shadow policy” that lets Pentagon get rid of unruly troops
The US government is still mandating all members of the military to get a Covid-19 vaccine and discharging those who refuse – even on religious grounds – in what amounts to a deliberate purge of troops with beliefs the current Pentagon considers wrong, a sergeant and two officers told the podcast hosted by Republican congressman Matt Gaetz on Thursday.
Gaetz (R–Florida), hosts the event. podcast called ‘Firebrand,’ said he wants to propose an amendment that would ban mandates for experimental vaccines and restore rank and pay to those forced to leave the military, but admitted that some of his Republican colleagues might not support it, not to mention the majority Democrats.
“If you are a believer and you are listening to this podcast, you need to understand that God-fearing service members are being intentionally purged from the services,”Jordan Karr, Air Force Captain and one of his guests said so.
As a House Armed Services Committee member, I’ll be introducing National Defense Authorization Act amendments to ban mandates for experimental COVID-19 vaccines and restore rank & pay for anyone who was forced or coerced to leave the military as a consequence of these vaccines. pic.twitter.com/r21lTido4n
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 28, 2022
“It’s a purposeful purge,” argued Army Major Samuel Sigoloff. “Anyone who would disobey an unlawful order is being purged out of the military,”He also claimed that there are a number of unauthorized users. “shadow policy”To protect those in leadership, they have been put into place.
Karr, Sigoloff and Air Force Master Sergeant Nickolas Krupper made their case against the mandate by bringing up religious freedom, natural immunity, and the discrepancy between the jabs used under emergency authorization and the one officially approved, which technically isn’t available in the US.
Though they are legally distinct, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance says that Pfizer’s emergency-use vaccine and the officially approved Comirnaty “can be used interchangeably… without presenting any safety or effectiveness concerns.”
Face to face, all three members of the service “involuntary separation”Over their refusal to be administered the jab they have brought suit against the Defense Department on grounds of religious exemption. They are technically still on active duty while the cases are resolved. Sergeant Krupper noted that he’s two years from retiring and could lose his family benefits and pension if the USAF kicked him out.
The Senate Armed Services Committee heard Wednesday that about 3,400 troops were dismissed for not taking the jab. The US Navy is the only one to honourably discharge its sailors. This allows all 798 to retain their benefits.
Nearly 1% of the total 215,000 Marine Corps strength was taken by the Marine Corps, which accounted for almost 2,000 of these separations.
Lieutenant-General David Ottignon was deputy commandant of manpower, reserve, and insists that it had “no operational impacts across the force for readiness,” however. “There’s no one community that has signaled an instance where a [leader], an NCO or another enlisted Marine is not present because of that,”He told legislators.
Gaetz wondered whether the mandate to use vaccines might affect recruitment going forward. But the generals claimed that troop shortages are due to a “rising economy”According to Military Times, low unemployment rates. According to data published on Thursday, US GDP fell by 1.4% during the first quarter. The Biden administration blames the situation in Ukraine.