The new Navy order from this week shares that the active-duty Navy personnel have to get the vaccine, and if they don’t want to do that until the deadline, they will be discharged and face financial penalties.
The rule is for any sailor that isn’t fully vaccinated by November 28 and hasn’t received a religious or medical exception.
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Under fully vaccinated, the officials mean people who got two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, one shot of J&J vaccine, and two weeks have elapsed since the second shot.
The deadline is already known, but the new order contained fresh details. Any can be separated as the deadline arrives without compliance, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Lescher and Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell stated.
The C-19 Consolidated Disposition Authority will oversee the discharge process. Nowell is among them.
Right before the deadline, the commander won’t let the sailors who aren’t vaccinated, and they can’t get promoted or reenlist, except those except separation orders.
Also, the sailors can be temporarily reassigned. Officers and enlisted members, unvaccinated, obtained a letter that they had five days to start with their vaccination process. If they don’t get vaccinated, they will be relieved or “administrative removal of a member from a current duty for unsatisfactory performance of duty or misconduct.”
Those who refuse the vaccine will be discharged under honorable conditions and a higher level of discharge.
Officers may face financial penalties. The C-19 authority “may seek recoupment of applicable bonuses, special and incentive pay, and the cost of training and education for service members refusing the vaccine” from the sailors.
Unvaccinated personnel may face a court-martial.
The order was criticized by a couple of lawyers who were military personnel.
“This is nothing more than pure vindictiveness. There’s no legitimate reason to threaten our brave service members with a court-martial or involuntary separation. And now the Navy is threatening to hurt them financially?!? You might expect a country like China or North Korea to force its people to choose between faith and country. But this is America. What the Navy is doing goes against the very fabric of our nation,” Mike Berry, general counsel for the First Liberty Institute, said to The Epoch Times.
R. Davis Younts stated, “My clients are being threatened with this simply for exercising their legal and constitutional right to submit a religious accommodation request. It appears as if the Navy may be signaling a plan to deny all religious accommodation requests without any consideration of individual cases, medical concerns, or natural immunity,” he added. “My clients fear political motivations are the priority and the law and military readiness are being ignored. My clients believe it is as important as ever to stand strong against this mandate and continue to exercise all of their legal rights despite any threats they receive.”
The coronavirus vaccine mandate was announced on August 30, only five days after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered branch heads to develop mandates.
The Navy spokeswoman didn’t want to comment on this question.