Military Threatens to Revoke Benefits From Marines Who Won't Get the Vaccine


The military is threatening to revoke benefits from Marines who decline to get the vaccine.

According to internal emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, those who opt not to take the vaccine will lose their pensions, tuition assistance, and access to the G.I. bill, along with other military benefits.

In an email from Col. Teague Pastel, a commanding officer at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., on August 18, he claimed that “vaccines are still voluntary,” but the military believes “they will become mandatory in the near future.”

Pastel said that the penalties “should be in line with others for insubordination,” the Free Beacon reports. He said that this can include “administration separation,” a demerit in the Marine’s personal file, and forfeiture of several retirement and financial benefits.

“Please continue engaging with our troops on the importance of vaccinating, and stress that it is still voluntary at this time. However, once the vaccine becomes mandatory they need to be prepared to separate and potentially lose benefits,” Pastel’s email reads. “If the Marines are not willing to lose the benefits then they should just get the vaccine now.”

“As you continue engaging with your Marines and Sailors about volunteering to get the vaccine now instead of waiting, please ensure they know the anticipated ramifications of refusing to vaccinate,” Pastel says in the memo.

The Free Beacon reports that the memo continued on to say that those who decline the vaccination will lose out on tuition assistance, “Post 9/11 G.I. Bill” benefits, as well as retirement contributions and credits.

“The Pentagon says more than one million troops are fully vaccinated, with another 237,000 receiving one dose. The percentage of those vaccinated by branch varies greatly, according to the military’s latest numbers. The Department of the Navy, of which the Marines are a part, says 74 percent of its members have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” the report states.

The military has had 34 total deaths from COVID-19, according to reports.

The Pentagon announced the vaccine mandate on Monday.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is “prepared to issue updated guidance requiring all service members to be vaccinated,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters during a press briefing.

“These efforts ensure the safety of our service members and promote the readiness of our force, not to mention the health and safety of the communities around the country in which we live,” he said.

Kirby said that deadlines for our military to take the jab will be provided in the coming days.

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14 responses to “Military Threatens to Revoke Benefits From Marines Who Won’t Get the Vaccine”

  1. davesnothere says:

    My father is a Vietnam, Korea and WWII veteran. As a child I use to hear story after story of veterans walking into the Seattle VA with M14 rifles and giving the goods to the bureaucrats. This kind of thing will do the same thing.

  2. Viewtifuljoe says:

    If any of this pans out and is upheld by the courts is just another reminder that the government is not your friend.

  3. CavScout says:

    Time for the military to arrest this gov and fight. This is a communist revolution, nothing more, and needs to be treated like the attempted communist takeover in 1930’s Spain.

  4. Richardb308 says:

    This is not possible. The only way to revoke benefits is through a other than honorable or dishonorable discharge. They will have trouble getting an OTH or dishonorable discharge for this based on president. Back during the war, we were all required to get the anthrax vaccine. A pregnant soldier refused and was able to leave the army under honorable conditions. You could make the argument that it hurts good order and discipline… but that argument will be hard to prove and even if it happens and the service members initially lose benefits, there is not chance it makes it through appeal.

  5. UppityG says:

    Nice scare tactics. Yes, military are routinely required to get shots–for combat in foreign theatres. The vaccines administered have been around a long time and have gone through the normal FDA approval process, which requires they show little to no deleterious effects over a long period of time. There’s a reason why time trials are required.

    I don’t care that the FDA has been bullied into approving these vaccines this early, and it doesn’t inspire me to get the shot, it alarms me.

    It should alarm everyone. And holding a sword over our soldiers’ heads, threatening them with severe losses if they don’t simply comply is authoritarian and un-American. Our govt should be doing all it can to protect them such that the only threat they actually face is from the ENEMY, not friendly fire.

    • Richardb308 says:

      I’m not sure that our services members have much of a leg to stand on… honestly. I think they can refuse and get out, but I don’t see how they refuse. Let me be clear, I think there is no way they lose their benefits in the long run. However, it’s a long time running gag that soldiers are like pincushions. Anthrax, hep a and B, smallpox yellow fever. So many shots. I got 10 on one day once.

  6. CrispyBacon says:

    Because vaccines required by the military never permanently disabled scores of service members… oh wait

  7. Judah@hellands.com says:

    and I only had ten months left too..

  8. DocLockJ says:

    I don’t think they can legally do this. Yes they can separate you with a discharge that’s “other than Honorable”
    which reduces/eliminates benefits, but legally service members signed a contract. In that contract you get certain benefits and depending on how long you’ve been in this might not hold up in court.

  9. Rkrose76 says:

    My brother was sterilized from the first gulf war vax that were mandated. The military finally owned that vax was the cause. Enough said.

  10. charleskhenry@gmail.com says:

    I bet this COL is so empathetic and trusted by all.

  11. lwbrown1215@gmail.com says:

    Your article should include the fact that the military has suffered almost five times the amount of suicides versus covid deaths in the same period of time.

    It’s not about the virus. It’s not about health. It’s about control and compliance.

    Work on the service members mental health and physical readiness and the virus will be negated within the service. Period.

  12. TuckR8 says:

    This is for health reasons, no chance it’s a purge of dissidents in the armed forces.