2. Policy. In order to maximize readiness, it is the policy goal of the U.S. Navy to achieve a fully vaccinated force against the persistent and lethal threat of COVID-19.
2.a. In support of the above stated policy, and as directed by the Secretary of the Navys lawful order, the Navy has commenced a mandatory vaccination campaign per references (a) through (c). Navy service members refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, absent a pending or approved exemption, shall be processed for administrative separation per this NAVADMIN and supporting references. To ensure a fair and consistent process, separation determinations will be centralized under the CCDA as outlined in the paragraphs below.
So I wonder, will the Navy be issuing a Campaign Medal for this is or is this more like the Combined Federal Campaign?
Let's wander deeper into the illusionary world the Admirals appear to live in. Let us recall from the first line of Paragraph 2 above that the Policy being enforced is to maximize readiness. Let's look at how that plays out.
2.b. Tragically, there have been 164 deaths within the Navy family due to COVID-19, far exceeding the combined total of all other health or mishap related injuries and deaths over the same time period.
The other source of some news about this tragicomedy is USNI. In their article they posted:
Sailors must be prepared to execute their mission at all times, in places throughout the world, including where vaccination rates are low and disease transmission is high,” according to the Navy news release issued today. “Immunizations are of paramount importance to protecting the health of the force and the warfighting readiness of the Fleet.While this is true in the main it was never the intent that this was always so because that would be insane. Pregnant women are not deployed to combat zones even in this age of equity after a certain point. People get injured in car crashes, motorcycle accidents, sporting accidents, on leave and a thousand other ways that render them unable to execute their mission at all times. We have grown accustomed to that. It's one of the reasons our warships are sailing around undermanned because people are sick, on leave, at navy schools or detached for really stupid reasons like serving ashore in Iraq or Afganistan on Involuntary Assignments to Army jobs. We had tens of thousands of sailors detached from every possible command and squirted off to the desert to meet some infantile and stupid assignment polcy agreed by dumdums in Washington.
More from USNI as food for thought.
"As of Wednesday, 94 percent of active-duty sailors have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 99 percent having received the first dose, according to the Navy.
Of the total force, 89 percent is completely vaccinated, while 94 percent have received the first shot.
There have been a total of 83,648 COVID-19 cases within the Navy, including active-duty and civilians, according to the service. Of those cases, 164 resulted in deaths.
There have been 14 active-duty deaths out of 48,231 cases.
There have been more deaths due to COVID-19 than other health or mishap-related injuries and deaths over the same time period, according to NAVADMIN 225/21."
It would be illuminating to see how many sailors and Marines have committed suicide in this timeframe and how many of them have been killed in aviation accidents and other accidents. Disease is part of life and the USN is going to lose thousands of people in unplanned losses at every level if people decide to leave rather than get shot. I see that the worst admirals plan to do for those who refuse is a General discharge under honorable conditions. This will result also in the loss of them all to any Reserve service obligations and how they plan to collect money and benefits paid in the expectations that things would remain the same will be of little interest to me. It is, after all, only money and this is the service that hounded hundreds of naval aviators out of the Navy following the Tailhook 91 debacle. They little know nor care at that level about the personal or personnel costs of their rabid decision making and policies.