According to a lawyer and pastor counseling them, a quarter or more of all active-duty SEALs are in danger of being banned from deploying with their special operator teams by the Pentagon for failing to acquire a mandated COVID vaccine.
Some SEALs have requested a religious exemption after being set a vaccine deadline this week. A Navy source confirmed that the deadline for all Navy employees to get shots is Nov. 28.
“My clients include several Navy SEALs who are a small part of a large group of SEALs and other military members who are being asked to choose between their faith and their ability to serve our nation,” stated R. Davis Younts. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserves and a JAG lawyer representing several special operators as a private lawyer. “They have been told that if they seek a religious accommodation, they likely will no longer be able to serve our country as Navy SEALs and been given an arbitrary deadline to comply with the vaccine mandate.
“My clients need time, and we are seeking at least a 90-day extension to vaccine mandate compliance deadline they have been given.”
Younts stated that unvaccinated SEALs, including those who receive a religious exemption or already have natural immunity, will be barred from deploying with their teams.
Lawyer Tim Parlatore said the SEALs are not anti-vaccine; he stated that they believe that more safety data should be made public so that people may make their own decisions. He also mentioned that some people had developed immunity as a result of surviving the disease.
“There are hundreds of Navy SEALs who have not been vaccinated, do not want to take the vaccine, or who have had and recovered from COVID and have the benefit of natural immunity,” said Pastor Jeff Durbin told Just the News. Durbin is a prominent anti-abortion activist and evangelical pastor from Arizona. “A large number of SEALs that I am speaking on behalf of are facing the very difficult decision that even with a legitimate religious exemption that is based upon their commitments to Christ, the Gospel, God’s Law, and the Constitution, they will no longer be Navy SEALs, Durbin said.
“They are essentially being asked to make a decision between their commitments to the lordship of Christ and their careers as Navy SEALs. Our country should be very concerned about what this would do to military readiness. Losing hundreds of Navy SEALs because of their legitimate and sincerely held Christian beliefs could be devastating to us as a nation.”
Former Missouri governor and retired Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who is now running for the U.S. Senate, said the Pentagon’s current position harms the country’s defenses and the personal careers of men who have given so much to their country.
“This is wrong for national security,” Greitens said. “The only people who will benefit from destroying the combat capacity of Naval Special Operations are the Taliban, Russia, China and other adversaries around the world. This is also wrong at human level. These warriors have dedicated their lives to the nation, spent their youth and some of them their health defending this nation and now find themselves in trouble for no valid scientific, medical or military rationale. It is clear their out-of-control command is more concerned with political correctness than lethality, and thus is willing to squander national security and personal careers.”
Durbin told Just the News that he began ministering to Navy SEALs and other military troops in recent weeks while they considered whether or not to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, which the Pentagon has ordered.
“These Navy SEALs are men of faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. “They feel as though they are being pushed to a decision between their faith in Christ, their commitments to God’s Law, and their desire to love their neighbors and uphold the principle of the preservation of human life versus their careers as Navy SEALs.”
In August, Lloyd Austin also created a new political purity test. Austin stated that anyone in the military forces who refuses to take the COVID-19 vaccination shot would be fired. Natural immunity and religious objections were utterly unimportant. There will be no excuses or exceptions, Fox News reported.
“I have determined,” Austin said, “that mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people.”
The military’s fighting strength is made up of young, healthy people who are almost all at very low risk of dying from COVID. Just 46 members of the U.S. military have died as a result of the coronavirus in the last year and a half. But, unfortunately, many more people die as a result of suicide. Last year, 156 service members committed suicide in just a few months.
We do know that the vaccine mandate is wreaking havoc on the U.S. military and the country’s ability to defend itself at a time when the world is at its most volatile.