(Natural News) U.S. national security continues to deteriorate, and quickly, under the Biden regime, in no small part due to an unreasonable and unnecessary COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Issued by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Biden’s order in August, one branch in particular — the U.S. Marine Corps — is suffering the most, with many believing that the objective of the mandate is to serve as a “political purge,” draining the force of some of its most patriotic (and conservative) members.

According to Fox News Digital last week, 169 Marines have been booted from the service for refusing to take the largely experimental vaccine. But there are literally thousands more who are facing a similar action after the Pentagon’s vax mandate for all active-duty service members took effect Nov. 28 for the USMC.

While Marines (and other service members) were told they could apply for religious exemptions to the vaccine, it seems obvious now that Biden’s regime was never going to grant them — because mandates are far more important than military readiness and national security: Not a single exemption has been approved, and according to rejection letters seen by Fox News Digital, nearly all of which were identical.

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Several Marines who spoke to the outlet are convinced it’s all political, as the service is being “crushed” by the mandate.

“There’s something fundamentally wrong at this point with our nation’s leadership,” a major with more than 17 years of active service told the network. “We are facing an unconstitutional edict that I think is very targeted as a political purge, taking out some of the best and brightest soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians from the Space Force.”

Meanwhile, a lieutenant colonel with more than 19 years of active service said the military is working to discharge members, especially Marines, “as fast as they can and as brutally as they can, damaging every Marine as much as they can on the way out.”

“The one message I got from the colonel above me was: ‘Tread very carefully, this is political, you will be crushed like an ant.’ And he told me that because he cares about me,” the lieutenant colonel told the network. “Do I want to continue serving in an institution that crushes people for bringing up reasonable points in defending their faith?”

A master sergeant said it seems that “the louder I speak the tighter the screws are turned against me.”

“When you’re expected to behave a certain way and to obey certain rules and follow certain processes, and then to see on the other end that that’s not a two-way street, that’s a violation of my morals that I can’t stand by and not speak out about,” the master sergeant added.

According to the network, all of the rejection letters said the same thing: Marines were being denied due to “military readiness” concerns, which is ironic and hypocritical considering that discharging Marines creates vacancies that take time for recruiters to fill. And that says nothing of the experience the Pentagon is letting walk out the door.

“I saw one package from a sergeant who had attached, like, 30 pages of material to substantiate why his belief was sincere, under no lawful obligation to do so,” said the master sergeant. “And then to have this as a response with no individual inquiry and just a generalized assertion of governmental interest is insulting.”

“On the religious side, this is absolutely a travesty what’s happening,” a chief warrant officer noted. “People are getting blanket denials, they’re not addressing the individual concerns or beliefs of Marines who are submitting for religious accommodations, and I think that’s just horribly wrong. I honestly believe that they’re not really reading the packages.”

The anti-American Marxist left continues to use this pandemic as a way to destroy our system and remake our society.

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