G. McConway
December 9, 2022

Navy SEAL Commander Challenging Pentagon Order

A Navy SEAL commander is now openly challenging the military vaccination order.

It is bad enough our regular service members are being kicked out, but when we start to lose special force operators, it is a direr situation on many fronts.

To that point, the commander of a Naval Special Warfare Group is asking for accommodation requests to be approved rather than the blanket denials we have been seeing to this point.

Let Them Stay

Listen, I know the argument that when you enter the military, you do what you are told.

I also know that in order to be able to perform their duties in certain regions, they have to automatically get certain vaccines.

I believe this particular vaccine is a different situation.

Let's not forget what happened when troops were forced to take the anthrax vaccine, with 85 percent of those suffering adverse effects.

I have a friend who lost an 18-year career in the Navy from the side effects of an unproven vaccine, so this issue hits home with me.

We also have to take into account what we know about COVID at this point in how quickly most people recover as long as they are not in the high-risk groups.

Heather Gebelin Hacker, counsel for the plaintiffs in the case for the SEALs, stated, "In analyzing the Navy's asserted compelling interests, the Commander concludes no such compelling interest exists when SWCC 3's age, fitness, and medical history is considered alongside the marginal benefit of the vaccine to protect individuals against the Omicron variant of the virus, which now accounts for most COVID-19 infections."

The filing added, "Indeed, according to the Commander, enforcing the mandate will result in the loss of personnel necessary for accomplishing the Commander's mission. This endorsement further illustrates that the Navy has failed to satisfy RFRA's rigorous standard."

As far as I know, this is the first high-ranking Naval officer that is challenging Secretary Austin's order.

The commander supported his claim, stating, "My force, the Naval Special Warfare Reserve Component, is grappling with retention challenges due in part to the manner in which religious accommodation requests like that from [SWCC 3] have thus far been processed and adjudicated by the Navy. For mission-related reasons subsequently discussed, I cannot afford to lose more quality Sailors."

SEALs are not only among the best warriors in all of our armed forces, we also have to consider the millions of dollars spent on training each sailor. That does not even take into consideration the much-needed experience on these missions and what they contribute to helping younger warriors survive in battle zones.

The order must be ended.

Source: Fox News

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