BSN, RN-BC, EMT-P, TCRN, CEN
As a retired naval veteran (31 years), I have to agree. The military is not a democracy. As for waivers, the only one that should be granted is medical, i.e., allergies. I AGREE with Christians who refuse because of the origin of the vaccine, but I also agree with them being discharged as well. I was offered the anthrax vaccine prior to deployment and it was voluntary. I refused. A few years later it was mandatory. Thankfully I was in the states when it happened and didn't need it. However, if so required, I would have taken it.Of all the groups that have a legitimate argument against a vaccine mandate, the military is by far and away the least persuasive. The military has every right to mandate it's members get vaccinated against a whole host of diseases and this is no different.
"We're here to preserve democracy, not practice it". Gene Hackman, Crimson Tide