Hundreds of Navy SEALS may soon be blocked from being deployed and serving their country after refusing to get the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, a lawyer and pastor who is counseling them spoke out to say this week.
The number of SEALS who would potentially be sidelined is as many as a quarter of all active Navy SEALS, which could have a devastating impact on our military’s readiness.
“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,” said R. Davis Younts, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserves and a JAG lawyer who is representing several special operators privately.
“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,” he added. “My clients need time, and we are seeking at least a 90-day extension to vaccine mandate compliance deadline they have been given.”
Younts claimed that the Pentagon has issued a threat in writing that unvaccinated Navy SEALS will not be allowed to deploy with their teams, which would effectively end their military careers. The Pentagon said that even SEALS who have religious exemptions or have built natural immunity to COVID-19 will be forbidden from deploying.
Pastor Jeff Durbin, an evangelical pastor and anti-abortion activist who has been counseling these SEALS for weeks, claimed that between a quarter to a third of all active-duty SEALS are involved in this Pentagon dispute.
“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,” Durbin told Just The News. “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.”
“They are essentially being asked to make a decision between their commitments to the lordship of Christ and their careers as Navy SEALS,” he added. “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.”
Lawyer Tim Parlatore spoke out as well to say that he’s confirmed that hundreds of Navy SEALS have refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s in the hundreds. And it’s not the senior leadership. It’s all the shooters, and it is going to have a huge impact,” Parlatore said. “If they continue to with this asinine policy, you are going to have the complete decimation of the SEAL teams.”
Eric Greitens, a retired Navy SEAL and the former Missouri governor, now running for U.S. Senate, slammed the Pentagon for what it is doing to the SEALS.
“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 the human level,” he continued. “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.”
These vaccine mandates from the left have now gone so far that our national security is at stake, as we need as many strong Navy SEALS as we can get protecting our country overseas. If hundreds of America’s finest are sidelined simply for not getting a vaccine that many have legitimate doubts about, our country may pay a hefty price for it.