Defense One: DOD Grants First Religious Waivers for COVID Vaccine

Defense One: DOD Grants First Religious Waivers for COVID Vaccine. “In all, some 18,500 U.S. troops have requested such exemptions. The Air Force received the highest number of requests with 10,766, followed by the Marine Corps with 3,350, the Navy with 2,844, and the Army with 1,746. No other branch has reported an approved request, but have provided data on the number of disapproved accommodations.”

Politico: Marines kick out 206 troops for refusing Covid-19 vaccine

Politico: Marines kick out 206 troops for refusing Covid-19 vaccine. “The Marine Corps announced Thursday that it has kicked out more troops for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine. The total number of discharges has risen to 206, up from 169 last week. The fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law Monday, dictates that the military services cannot dishonorably discharge members for vaccine refusal. The discharges must be either honorable or general under honorable conditions.”

Defense One: Thousands of Sailors, Marines Remain Unvaccinated After Deadline

Defense One: Thousands of Sailors, Marines Remain Unvaccinated After Deadline. “As of Monday, 92 percent of Marines are fully vaccinated and 95 percent have at least one shot, leaving about 9,000 people without any vaccine immunity. The numbers for the Navy are 96.3 percent fully vaxxed, 97.2 percent partially vaxxed, leaving about 9,500 sailors with no vaccine immunity. Meanwhile, the Navy has lowered its official vaccination rate after discovering errors in their data.”

Stars and Stripes: Marines in quarantine on Okinawa served moldy sandwiches and other ‘unacceptable’ fare

Stars and Stripes: Marines in quarantine on Okinawa served moldy sandwiches and other ‘unacceptable’ fare. “Marines take their chow seriously, particularly while dining in quarantine when the menu may be the highlight of the day. So, higher-ups acted quickly Monday when Marines of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, mistakenly received moldy sandwiches and prepackaged meals slated for disposal, according to a spokesman for Marine Corps Installations Pacific.”

C4ISRNET: Marines want tool to identify fake social media accounts posing as senior personnel

C4ISRNET: Marines want tool to identify fake social media accounts posing as senior personnel. “The U.S. Marine Corps wants a commercial off-the-shelf tool to identify social media accounts that pose a threat to personnel and the Marines Corps Enterprise Network. According to a request for quotation released Aug. 20, the goal of the effort is to identify ‘evil twin’ social media accounts, or accounts pretending to be key personnel, general officers and senior executive service employees. The RFQ claimed these fake accounts are sending malicious links to service members, as well as extorting information and money while posing as key members of the Corps.”

Marine Corps Times: New Marine Corps guidance clarifies political activity allowed on social media

Marine Corps Times: New Marine Corps guidance clarifies political activity allowed on social media. “… the ease of social media politicking has created a gray area for members of the military who must navigate federal laws and military regulations that allow them a limited ability to participate in the political discourse while avoiding an actual or perceived official involvement by the Department of Defense. To help navigate this issue, the Marine Corps has released new guidance clarifying what Marines are and are not allowed to do when it comes to political activity on social media.”

FedTech: Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Versatility and Speed

FedTech: Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Versatility and Speed. “The U.S. Marine Corps has a reputation as an agile fighting force. It’s getting even more responsive thanks to 3D printing technology. The service branch has recently embraced 3D printing for a variety of missions and use cases. Marines can now print parts and equipment on demand via a new unit and have even demonstrated printing a footbridge to show how the technology can be used in the field.”

University of South Carolina: Parris Island Historical and Museum Society preserves historic film collection

University of South Carolina: Parris Island Historical and Museum Society preserves historic film collection. “On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Sgt. Major James Moore (Ret.) of the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society (PIHMS) Board of Directors, presented Bill Bethea, on behalf of University of South Carolina Libraries Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), a check for $200,000 on stage at the Beaufort Water Festival. The generous contribution will fund two positions for two years at MIRC solely dedicated to digitizing the U.S. Marine Corps Film Repository, a collection of films shot by U.S. Marines throughout the 20th century.”

Stars and Stripes: Marines punished for social media comments; 15 other servicemembers investigated

Stars and Stripes: Marines punished for social media comments; 15 other servicemembers investigated. “The Marine Corps has punished two California-based Marines for derogatory remarks that they expressed on social media about a female Marine and service leadership, and law enforcement agents have uncovered at least 56 people suspected of involvement in a nude-photo sharing scandal, military officials said Friday.”