Share
News

Marine Who Was Denied Religious Exemption Speaks Out: Vaccine Mandate a 'Detriment' to National Security

Share

A Marine who was denied a religious exemption from the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for the U.S. military says America will be the loser as skilled men and women are sidelined.

“We do believe that yes, we have a reasonable argument,” Lt. Col. Scott Duncan told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night.

Duncan has flown more than 300 combat missions, including 200 landings on aircraft carriers, according to Fox News.

As of Jan. 6, the Pentagon had dismissed 251 Marines who refused to be vaccinated, according to USNI.

On Jan. 14, the Marine Corps announced that it had approved a total of two religious exemptions, according to ABC News.

Trending:
Family Forced to Scale Back Hunt for Missing Daughter After People Blaming Parents Infiltrate Search Parties

The two exemptions were the first granted in 10 years, the service said.

Overall,  as of Jan. 14, Marines have filed 3,350 requests for religious exemptions. The Marine Corps has denied 3,212, with others still in the review process.

Does the vaccine mandate hurt U.S. military readiness?

“I am not unique in my situation,” Duncan told Carlson.

His initial request for an exemption was denied, and he has appealed the decision. If Duncan loses his appeal, he would be separated from the service.

“There are many incredibly qualified individuals with a tremendous amount of experience, and we believe that that can be a detriment to national defense in the event we separate that many aviators,” he said.

Duncan said Marines opposed to the vaccine “disagree with the pedigree and the technology maturation over time.”

“That’s one issue,” he said. “The other is just a conviction by the Holy Spirit and I believe we are led in that fashion. We do not have any peace about the vaccine itself.”

Related:
'Very Brave and a Hero': Marine Vet Becomes First American Killed in Ukraine Fighting

“We also believe we have an inherent right to our own body,” Duncan said. “We believe that is a right that is conferred on us from a maker and creator and that that is the foundation of the Constitution which we defend.

“So those are all the bases primarily of the religious accommodation that has been both requested, denied, and then subsequently appealed.”

Duncan said Marines fighting the mandate have asked military leaders and those in Congress to weigh the “cost-benefit analysis of losing several hundred very qualified aviators.”

Those Marines have an average of 14 years of experience, he said.

Duncan said those seeking exemptions remain committed to their sworn duty.

“We absolutely, I mean, we believe everything we’ve done up to date in honorable service, as well as what we’re doing now, is consistent with those views,” he said. “That view is just not shared by some leadership within the Department of Defense, and so we believe this is a very reasonable and above-reproach way to express our concerns.”

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , , , , , ,
Share
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
Location
New York City
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Foreign Policy, Military & Defense Issues




Conversation