Authorities see it as a waste of resources to deny degrees to qualified Naval Academy alums.
Certain Republicans in Congress have accused the United States Naval Academy (USNA) of bias against new midshipmen who decline COVID immunization due to religious conviction.
Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube led a group of lawmakers in a letter to Navy Vice Adm. Sean Buck on Tuesday, arguing that the decision not to award diplomas to qualified midshipmen would be a waste of the country’s four-year investment in those people and would harm military readiness at a time when all branches of the military are struggling with recruitment and retention.
It has been claimed that the “Commandant of Midshipmen” (CM) and the “Judge Advocate General Officer” (JAG) are “preventing Midshipmen from graduating” because of their “refusal to take the COVID-19 immunization for religious grounds.” If the order prohibiting the separation of Naval personnel is not lifted, this will happen.
The Navy’s plan to confine those who refused vaccines or claimed religious exemptions in 2022 was halted by a federal court. A class action lawsuit has been filed to address this issue.
A former USNA student claimed to have contacted the congressmen after being told that his or her request for religious accommodation had resulted in a diploma denial.
“Employees who, for religious reasons, choose not to get immunized may face disciplinary action up to and including termination. Starting to read it, you can see it has an anti-American bias. What Steube “told Fox News Digital” suggests is that this is not in the best interest of the American people.
He claims that the student has been “placed behind considerably” and won’t be able to graduate due to difficulties in transferring credits from USNA. Nothing was done during their four years of government service.
The mandatory vaccination policy has an effect on both recruitment and preparedness, as Steube argues.
The legislator stated that one prospective cadet from the area had to withdraw from consideration because of the military’s “woke” stance toward transgender people.
Steube claims that it would be irresponsible for the United States government to put the health of its citizens at risk by putting obligatory vaccines in the yearly National Defense Authorization Act. He stated that the “pushing wokeness and pronouns and transgenderism into our military” had resulted in a loss of “great opportunities for the academies and wonderful Americans who want to serve the nation.”
The following is an official response to the letter given to our office this afternoon by Representative W. Gregory Steube and other members of Congress.”
On Tuesday, a Navy spokesman verified the allegation to Fox News Digital.
To find out how many midshipmen have had their degrees canceled due to a religious exemption, Fox News Digital reached out to the Navy. Before that time, the service needs to respond with a response.
Even though Vice President Biden said in September that the outbreak was “over,” the Pentagon is still actively pressing all military people to get vaccinated.
Concerns concerning the military’s “readiness to go to war” have been raised by legislators since the adoption of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, which has been linked to a decrease in both recruitment and retention.
Steube told Fox News Digital that the government’s four-year investment in young men’s readiness to serve the country would be wasted if they were denied degrees because of their COVID-19 vaccination status. If the military is having trouble recruiting across the board, that might hurt their ability to function.
His opinion was that the United States Naval Academy should admit the absurdity of mandating the COVID-19 vaccination for all midshipmen in order to graduate.
Fox News Digital has asked the Navy for comment on how its policy of rejecting persons with advanced degrees impacts military readiness, but the service has not yet responded.
Seven cadets were expelled from the Coast Guard Academy because they were granted religious exemptions from the required COVID-19 vaccine. Discharge orders were issued for the aforementioned cadets.
According to a September report, the Department of Defense “likely breached” its responsibility to examine and refuse religious exemptions to the COVID-19 immunization mandate.