New U.S. Marine Corps guidance reveals that all active-duty marines will face “administrative separation” if not fully vaccinated from Covid-19 by Nov. 28.
“Marines refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, absent an approved administrative or medical exemption, religious accommodation, or pending appeal shall be processed for administrative separation,” the guidance issued by Lieutenant General D.J. Furness noted last month.
Though Marines may request medical or religious exemptions from vaccination, the military branch has yet to approve any religious exemptions, The Washington Examiner reported.
As of Oct. 20, 83 percent of the active force had been fully vaccinated, according to Military.com, with the figure increasing to 92 percent once partially vaccinated individuals are included.
The Marines who are denied exemptions, whether medical or religious, and still refuse to take the vaccine, will not be eligible for separation pay.
This new guidance, which many view as a divisive tactic to force conformity among American troops, also goes so far as to require Marines who refuse the vaccine to repay the “unearned special or incentive pays and advance educational assistance.”
According to USNI News, even a positive serology test proving the individual previously contracted Covid-19 will not exempt them from forced vaccination.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, two weeks must have passed since the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Therefore, time is ticking for active-duty Marines to be fully vaccinated and avoid the impending separation come Nov. 28.