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Pushback: Navy loses in attempt to fire officer who refused COVID shots

Total victory for Navy Lt Billy Moseley
Navy Lt Billy Moseley

Bring a gun to a knife fight: When faced with dismissal on a charge of misconduct because he refused to get a COVID shot, Navy Lieutenant Billy Moseley took his case before a Navy administrative separation board, and won a unanimous victory.

Anyone who has been in the Navy for at least six years is entitled to call for a separation board if threatened with dismissal. The board is made up of three Navy officers, and its decision is binding.

Younts [Moseley’s lawyer] argued at the board hearing that the mandate for the experimental COVID vaccines was not a lawful order since the military has not made fully FDA-approved versions of the vaccines available to military members.

The military defense attorney told Just the News that the attorneys for the Navy agreed with him that there are no FDA-approved vaccines available, only interchangeable vaccines. Younts added that if there are no FDA-approved vaccines available, then the president would have to authorize the experimental shots that are currently available, which hasn’t happened.

On Friday, the board voted 3-0 that Moseley’s failure to follow the COVID vaccine order did not count as misconduct and that he should remain in the Navy. Younts said that the board members weren’t convinced that the vaccine order was lawful.

According to the press release [pdf] from Younts,

LT Moseley opposes the vaccine for religious reasons and could have submitted a religious accommodation request, however when he learned that the Navy and the other services intended to implement a blanket denial policy, he began to prayerfully consider other options. After consulting with legal and medical experts, he became convinced that as an officer he had an obligation to take a stand against the unlawful order and be a voice for thousands of enlisted Sailors. LT Moseley risked his twenty-two-year career and his military retirement because of his faith and his commitment to his oath of office as a military leader.

In other words, Moseley took a principled but very risky stand, taking a chance he could lose his pension if he had lost. He also took that principled stand though he had other less risky options available. For him, doing the right thing was really his only option, no matter the cost. We need more brave Americans like Moseley.

Based on Moseley’s victory here, no one in the Navy can be dismissed for refusing the jab. All they need do is call for a separation board and make this same case.

Moseley’s case also illustrates the utter immorality of requiring anyone to get a COVID shot against their will. All versions remain experimental — whose use even President Biden has not authorized — with ample evidence that they are largely ineffective while carrying some risk of adverse effects. Under those conditions, “My body, my choice!” should absolutely rule.

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  • Steve Richter

    ok, but considering all the vaccines everyone is given during basic training, will the mRNA covid vaccine be any more intrusive or potentially harmful?

  • Col Beausabre

    Steve, I think the difference is that the vaccines given during basic training are well established medically and approved by the FDA, while the jab is still experimental and is only allowed to be given under an emergency, “temporary” (nothing is as permanent as something called “temporary” by the government) exception to their procedures

  • pzatchok

    Will a Navy ruling spread into the Marines?

    And if so will the other services adopt the opinion?

  • Alton

    I ? wonder if this year’s round of Academy Grads that were denied a commission can use this method and approach to gain their Commissions or not be forced by the Sec Def to pay for the four years of education.???

  • Humility

    They’ll just find another excuse to get rid of him or force him out by passing him over. All he bought was time.

  • Cheryl

    This is great but also breaks my heart. My son (NROTC ‘20) had a NROTC friend who refused to take the shot after graduation. Navy kicked her out and she’s massively in debt for training and her college scholarship. Maybe she can sue for relief.

  • Charles Curran

    LTjg Mosely has been in the Navy for 22 years, and his rank is still O2 ?

  • Oldav8r

    “ LTjg Mosely has been in the Navy for 22 years, and his rank is still O2 ?”

    I see a Good Conduct ribbon – undoubtedly a “mustang” – former enlisted. JGs don’t normally have that many awards otherwise.

  • Icepilot

    “LT Moseley risked his twenty-two-year career and his military retirement” – no, not his retirement.

  • Cotour

    The NIH and the Wuhan Institute were CONINCIDENTLY working on monkeypox.

    Dr. John Campbell: https: // 22min.

    Dr. Campbell is not happy with either the NIH or the Communist Chinese and they’re essentially creating these strains in their labs. And what do you know, there is a bit of an outbreak of the very same virus. Hmmmmm. Wasn’t that rumored to be what happened with Covid?

    “Make of that what you will”

    Bill Gates does his predictions: 1 min.

    You tell me. If not now when? Its all set up why would big players in the world hold back now?

  • gmmay70

    “I see a Good Conduct ribbon – undoubtedly a “mustang” – former enlisted. JGs don’t normally have that many awards otherwise.”

    A Good Conduct medal with three stars. At least 16 years of enlisted service.

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