Unvaccinated soldiers affected by US military orders restricting official travel told The Epoch Times that their careers were severely affected.
According to US Army Fragmentary Orders (FRAGOs) issued by Fox News, the US Army bans official travel for unvaccinated soldiers without the approval of the Undersecretary.
The Directive also applies to those who are in the process of finding out the fate of religious consideration requests from vaccine mandates.
FRAGO dated June 16th said:
Soldiers’ units are responsible for submitting requests to the Undersecretary. And unless “pre-approval” can be obtained from the Undersecretary, requiring vaccination of unvaccinated soldiers or risking promotion to higher ranks, career advancement, and other valuable training opportunities. There seems to be a line drawn in the sand that requires exposure to
Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Michael Davenport, a 16-year Army veteran, told The Epoch Times that he believes his career has “basically stopped.” A former U.S. Army infantryman with the 1st Ranger Battalion, Davenport assumed a similar role as an Apache high-attack helicopter co-pilot in 2019. He attends military school and training which advances his career. “If I can’t make progress in my education and training, I may fall far behind and not be promoted at the next promotion committee,” he said.
A “fairly new pilot,” Mr. Davenport says he’s not yet a PIC. His religious opposition to the military’s post-September 2021 vaccine mandate could cost him his PIC designation. He is not vaccinated and unable to travel, so he is unable to attend training at the Combat Training Center. “For example, they put me in charge of the rear detachment while others participated in training,” he said.
Davenport said he had submitted an exemption and policy exception (ETP), which was “rejected due to travel restrictions.” In fact, his unit “sent his ETP to the Undersecretary for others” to no avail.
he said: [as well as] required time [of flight time] I had to become a pilot commander. ‘ He explained that the experience was ‘detrimental’ to his own career.
In addition, Davenport’s forces recently entered the rotation of the European Command (EUCOM). His ETP for deployment to his unit is still under consideration. However, rather than receiving confirmation whether to deploy with the units he flew with after June 2020, he said, “While other units began his EUCOM rotation, they deployed me within the brigade. They were transferred to a sister battalion that was not in service,” he said.
Davenport believes stories like his are detrimental to military preparations. “The Army has spent millions of dollars on my ranger training and flight training,” he said. “Having someone on the sidelines that the Army has invested heavily in is the opposite of readiness in my opinion.”
Losing experience is the result
The Epoch Times also spoke with Sgt. Burns applied for a religious facility in October 2021 after returning from an overseas assignment. He speculates that this is because he is nearing retirement. “I feel like they’re trying to see if they’ll wait for me to retire,” he explained.
As a result of his religious opposition to vaccines, he said people made “sarcastic” comments. He said, “This was kind of difficult,” he admitted.
Not only did Barnes miss another international expansion, he also missed several training events and career advancement opportunities. “And there’s absolutely no chance these things will change anytime soon,” he said.
“I am basically stagnant in my career right now. Senior leaders and people with experience the Army should draw from are “being kicked out of the Army,” according to Barnes.
Burns questions the ability of recruits to make substantial contributions to the Army at a time when senior leaders who refuse to mandate vaccines are being intimidated and forced out of service. He said he could miss the opportunity to learn all the age-old skills and abilities necessary for “Given the current situation in the world, if anything happened, we kicked out everyone who was experienced,” he said, adding, “If we go into a major conflict now, we will You’re going to have a hard time,” he warned.
“Anytime a Democratic administration comes along, I think it comes with the intention of downsizing the military,” Barnes said. “Today, however, they seem to be trying to reduce their forces and make us feel that it was our fault that we chose to withdraw. [while also] For example, we are trying to secure a military force that we can control in a better way than those willing to resist the illegality of vaccine mandates. “
Davenport and Burns’ views do not reflect the position of the Department of Defense or the War Department. Neither the Pentagon nor the U.S. Army responded to the Epoch Times’ request for comment.