Marine Corps lifts penalties for service members seeking COVID-Vax religious shelters

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The U.S. Marine Corps is rolling back severe penalties for service members requesting religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine, including ending involuntary terminations and delaying promotions for those who refuse the shot.

According to new “interim guidance,” signed Sept. 14 and quietly posted online, the “Change Actions” message was aimed at unvaccinated Marines whose requests for religious placement were denied and who are appealing the decision.

The memo says the changed policy comes after a U.S. district court in Florida issued an injunction on Aug. 18 barring the Marines from taking “certain actions” against those requesting religious exemptions.

The guidance states the “Marine Corps will not enforce an order to accept COVID-19 vaccinations, administratively separate, or retaliate against Marines in class for asserting legal rights under the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA). to have.”

The Navy has quietly scaled back penalties for seals seeking religious exemptions from the COVID vaccine

RFRA is the federal law that prohibits the government from making “significant charges.”[ing] religious practice of a person, even if the burden arises from a rule of general application.”

The U.S. Marines Corps is lifting severe penalties for military personnel seeking religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine, including ending involuntary terminations and delaying promotions for those who refuse the shot.
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“The involuntary administrative segregation of class members for refusing COVID-19 vaccination is suspended,” the memo said.

In addition, it directs commanders to “pause all administrative actions related to the involuntary separation of a class member, regardless of the current status of the separation process (e.g. vaccine denial, no administrative separation panels are conducted, no DD-214s are issued) .

The memo also states that immunization status cannot be “taken into account or referenced” in fitness reports or other performance evaluations for service members.

The Navy’s previous directive required commanders to delay promotion “of any officer and to delay/limit promotion of any enlisted member who refuses the vaccine,” but the updated guidance outlines a number of steps to roll back that specific punishment .

The earlier Navy directive required commanders to delay promotions of

The Navy’s previous directive required commanders to delay promotion “of any officer and to delay/limit promotion of any enlisted member who refuses the vaccine,” but the updated guidance outlines a number of steps to roll back that specific punishment .
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However, if the federal court’s injunction is overturned, the guidance says Marines can still be separated from the military for refusing to comply with vaccination requirements.

The Marine Corp’s backtracking from its strict guidelines comes a day after Fox News Digital reported that the Navy had quietly rolled back penalties for SEALs who request religious exemptions, and that the Pentagon inspector general also said the Department of Defense is in “Potential Non-Compliance”. Standards to check and deny religious exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

According to an internal memo by Pentagon Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the IG writes that he “reviewed the denial of requests for religious liberty housing due to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”

“We have seen a trend towards generalized assessments rather than the individual assessment required by federal law Department of Defense and Military Service Policies‘ the IG said in the report.

PENTAGON IN ‘POSSIBLE BREACH’ OF LAW AFTER REJECTING REQUESTS FROM RELIGIOUS SHELTERS FOR VACCINES: IG

According to an internal memo by Pentagon Acting Inspector General Sean O'Donnell to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the IG writes that he reviewed it

According to an internal memo by Pentagon Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, IG writes that he “reviewed the denial of requests for religious liberty housing based on COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
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In addition, Fox News Digital exclusively obtained two multi-source fragmentary executive orders from the United States Army (FRAGOs) detailing the COVID-19 guidance issued on July 8 and July 19, 2022 restricted unvaccinated soldiers do not undertake official travel without the express permission of the upper echelons of the army.

A spokesman for the Marines did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Heckman, Houston Keene, contributed to this report.

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