More than 200 Marines have been discharged from the military due to vaccine rejection

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More than 200 Marines have been expelled from the U.S. military for refusing to submit to a coronavirus vaccine.

Fox News confirmed Thursday that 206 U.S. Marines have been thrown out of the military since late November for refusing to take the vaccine.

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An @USMC Marine assists a woman and a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.  #HKIA

An @USMC Marine assists a woman and a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. #HKIA
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on August 25th instructed all military units to ensure that service members receive the vaccine as the number of cases increased during the summer. Deadlines for each branch of the military passed on December 15, and disciplinary action appeared to follow immediately after.

Several Marines who refused to get the shot were given anonymity by Fox News Digital so they could speak freely. They said they were witnessing a “political purge” by the Biden administration that was forcing the military’s “best and wisest” beyond deep-seated beliefs, which they say are protected by the first amendment.

“There is something fundamentally wrong at this point with the leadership of our nation,” said a major with more than 17 years of active service. “We are facing an unconstitutional edict, which I believe is very targeted as a political purge that takes out some of the best and most skilled soldiers, sailors, pilots, marines., and guards from the space force. “

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: A healthcare professional performs a test at a drive-thru COVID-19 test site at Dan Paul Plaza on December 29, 2021 in Miami

MIAMI, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 29: A healthcare professional performs a test at a drive-thru COVID-19 test site at Dan Paul Plaza on December 29, 2021 in Miami
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The Marines, who spoke to Fox News, said they were receiving a “general” denial of religious exemptions, in which their applications were rejected without consideration. Eight separate rejection letters to Fox News were nearly identical, citing “military readiness” as the primary reason for the rejection.

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“I saw a package from a sergeant who had attached 30 pages of material to substantiate why his faith was sincere, with no legal obligation to do so,” the master sergeant said. “And so having this as an answer without individual inquiry and just a generalized assertion of state interest is insulting.”

Earlier this month, the California rep led. Darrell Issa a group of Republicans in sending a letter to Biden said he made a “serious mistake” enforcing its military vaccine mandate.

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“As the father of a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps who honorably served our nation in a foreign martial arts theater, you can fully and uniquely appreciate the sacrifices our veterans make for America,” the letter said. “There is simply no good reason to step forward, rejecting any consideration and ruthless damage – perhaps irreversible – to the security and strength of our nation,” they wrote.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will hold a briefing in Tbilisi on October 18, 2021.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will hold a briefing in Tbilisi on October 18, 2021.
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The Army said 98% of its active force had received at least one shot, Marine Corps said 95% of its force had received at least one dose, 97.5% of the Air Force and space force had received at least one shot and 98.4% of the Navy is fully vaccinated.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar and Julia Musto contributed to this report

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