Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hague, stationed at Fort Bragg, Nth. Carolina, has protested the vaccine mandate by handing in his resignation on Aug. 30 against the “Markist” measures imposed on him.
His wife, Katie Phipps Hague, shared his resignation letter on social media on Sept. 9 and mentioned her husband had been in the army for eighteen years. By resigning, Hague is also forfeiting his pension.
“First, and foremost, I am incapable of subjecting myself to the unlawful, unethical, immoral and tyrannical order to sit still and allow a serum to be injected into my flesh against my will and better judgment,” wrote Lt. Col. Paul Hague, explained he rejects the vaccines as he considers there has not been enough research put into their development.
“It is impossible for this so-called ‘vaccine’ to have been studied adequately to determine the long-term effects,” he added.
In late August, the army introduced the vaccine mandate after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full authorization to the Pfizer vaccines.
Exemptions, such as for religious, medical, and administrative grounds, can be applied for. However, the army is enforcing the mandate with threats of suspension or dismissal. Members of the forces have been given until mid-December to either get vaccinated or file for exemptions.
“Governors and mayors forcibly locking down millions of Americans, restricting them from their unalienable right to pursue happiness; forcing them out of their jobs and their ability to participate in the most basic and fundamental rights life offers because of their personal beliefs and values,” Hague said.
“This is quite literally a matter of life and death for our soldiers, their families, and the communities in which we live,” U.S. Army Surgeon General Raymond Scott Dingle said, according to the Army statement on Sept. 14.
Hague mentioned his decision to resign was influenced by the messy and chaotic way the withdrawal from Afghanistan was handled, which affected his “confidence in the presidential administration [Biden administration] and secretaries directing the army.”
“I would like nothing more than to continue in the Army to reach my 20 years of active federal service and retire with my pension,” he wrote. “However, I instead will join those who have served before me in pledging my Life, my Fortune, and my Sacred Honor to continue resisting the eternal and ever-mutable forms of oppression and tyranny—both from enemies outside our nation’s borders, and those within.”
There are similarities with the Army vaccine mandate to New York’s vaccine program that has gone into effect this month. Being the first of its kind in the U.S., Mayor deBlasio had decided to ban unvaccinated citizens from multiple indoor services, including gyms, restaurants, and bars.
The vaccine policies had been issued over concerns of the spread of COVID-19.
Around the time that Hague filed his resignation letter, one Marine also publicly resigned from his post and accepted the loss of his veteran pension.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller of the U.S. Marine Corps stepped down from his position over disappointment after the bombings at Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. servicemen.