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Interview with ROTC Cadet Sheds Light on How the COVID-19 ‘Vaccine’ Mandate Is Mangling the Military


In this interview with an ROTC cadet from California, the enormous damage Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s COVID-19 “vaccine” mandate is having on the U.S. military is described and dissected with first-hand insights; making the crime against humanity seem especially heinous in light of how it’s apparently degrading America’s ability to protect itself from threats both foreign and domestic.


Writer’s note: The ROTC cadet interviewed for this piece has chosen to remain anonymous. He is therefore referred to as “John Doe” in the article.

While the COVID-19 “vaccines” have proven themselves to be unequivocally ineffective and wildly dangerousagain, and again, and again—the mandates forcing them on individuals have been a key policy for maximally augmenting their destructive effect. Namely by forcing free peoples in the West to choose between handing over their bodily autonomy to their employers—and, not to mention, Big Pharma—or maintaining some semblance of the life they had known before the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (or PHEIC) for the “novel” coronavirus in 2020.

The most catastrophic application of the mandate—and perhaps the greatest assault against America’s overall safety in its history—has been the one for the U.S. military. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III applied his COVID-19 “vaccine” mandate to all branches of the military on August 25, 2021, including the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (or ROTC). John Doe, a 24-year-old ROTC cadet-in-limbo, spoke with Sense Receptor, and now offers first-hand insight into just how destructive that COVID-19 “vaccine” mandate for the military has really been.

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“When the vaccines… first came out the military said, ‘Oh, it’s voluntary.’ And everybody who’d been in long enough or was smart enough knew, it’s going to be made mandatory at some point. And pretty soon too,” Doe told Sense Receptor on a phone call. Doe said that Cadet Command—the leadership in charge of the ROTC cadets—said that “all future commissioning officers [would] have to be vaccinated.” To which Doe said “no.”

Despite the simplicity of his answer, however, Doe said the decision was a hard one for him to make because having a career in the military was “a vision” he had for himself since he was in the third grade.

Doe, who grew up in Southern California, comes from a family with a military history. The third grade revelation happened when he stumbled upon his father—who also served—watching an episode of the timeless HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. In the episode on television, a young Doe saw a soldier on TV who didn’t carry a gun. When Doe asked his father about the weaponless soldier, he responded: “That’s the bravest guy on the battlefield. That’s the medic.”

With a desire to serve his nation as a healer, and be the bravest guy on the battlefield, Doe enlisted in ROTC, while simultaneously earning a degree in communications from a Cal State school. It was during that time—serving as a medic in the National Guard, as well as earning a Bachelor’s degree—that COVID, and then the “vaccine” mandates, came. Forcing him to give up on his boyhood dream and long-term life plan indefinitely.

“At the finish line of completing part two of my vision, they say ‘do this,'” Doe said, referring to his ROTC graduation and the military’s COVID injection mandate, which meant he wasn’t able to graduate along with his classmates. “Which is not a lawful order and there’s a whole bunch of litigation that’s… taking place that isn’t being reported by the mainstream media, where basically this is being argued as… an unlawful order.” Doe added emphatically, “This is in violation of everybody’s rights as an American.

Indeed, setting aside the fact that the COVID “vaccine” mandates stand as a glaring violation of the Nuremberg Code (“the voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential” and all of that), it appears the U.S. military has been, and continues to, violate its soldiers’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion. A whistleblower has already come forward with written evidence (in the video immediately above) that says “One or more cell lines with an origin that can be traced back to human fetal tissue has been used in laboratory tests associated with the [COVID] vaccine program.” Which is especially problematic, of course, for Christians who believe that life begins at conception and, therefore, consider the destruction of an embryo as tantamount to murder of a person.

Aside from the use of human fetal tissue in the production process of the COVID injections, it could be argued the First Amendment should also protect soldiers who don’t want to inject themselves with the DNA-altering experimental jabs on more general religious grounds. In August of this year, the Christian nonprofit Liberty Counsel won a landmark ruling against the NorthShore University HealthSystem for $10.3 million, and hailed the win as a “first-of-its-kind class action settlement against a private employer who unlawfully denied hundreds of religious exemption requests to COVID-19 shots.” By contrast, the military had only approved 15 out of 16,000 applications for religious exemption (or .1%) from the mandate by February of this year, even after a federal judge in Georgia ruled that one particular Air Force officer did not have to take the injection because of her religious beliefs.

Doe himself referenced a lawsuit from 2007, DOE v. RUMSFELD (the Doe interviewed and the one from the lawsuit are not the same), in which six servicemen and -women sued the Department of Defense (DoD), challenging the lawfulness of the government’s Anthrax Vaccination Immunization Program (“AVIP”). The lawsuit was argued on an FDA technicality—the case literally revolved around what constitutes an FDA “rule” versus an FDA “order”—but resulted in an astounding decision.

Link to memorandum opinion

“Unless and until FDA follows the correct procedures to certify AVA [i.e. the anthrax vaccine] as a safe and effective drug for its intended use, defendant DoD may no longer subject military personnel to involuntary anthrax vaccinations absent informed consent or a Presidential waiver,” the ruling reads. The judge also notes that “the injunction issued… shall apply to all persons subject to DoD’s involuntary anthrax inoculation program and not just the six Doe plaintiffs.”

Doe actually considered filing a lawsuit against the DoD in the same manner, but decided to file a religious exemption instead. “[I placed] my faith in the exemptions because I honestly didn’t have any faith that I would be able to win any litigation because I was just one guy going up against the whole system,” Doe said of his original idea to challenge the mandate in court. He added, however, that “In hindsight I probably should’ve just gone with the lawsuit against the DoD and just rolled the dice.” (Incidentally, Doe says that if he knew the anthrax vaccine, which he took without objection, was also made utilizing aborted fetal stem cells, he wouldn’t have taken that injection either.)

Aside from his faith, the reasons Doe wanted an exemption from the mandate were many and varied. Like anybody else paying attention to the so-called “Warp Speed” injection program, he realized that “a whole bunch of safety measures had been pulled out in the name of speed,” and he wanted to see reasonable evidence proving that the injection was “good enough to take and that [there’d be] no risk to [his] overall health in the long run.” He noted, however, “that never happened.”

Not only was there (and still is) an enormous paucity of safety data for the COVID “vaccines,” but Doe had seen the damage the injections are capable of with his own eyes. He describes his favorite instructor, a “huge, insane infantry guy all the way through and through” capable of executing 100 squats a day with 340 pounds on his back, who took the COVID injection and began having “stomach problems.” Doe added the instructor started “having insanely high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat” just a week after his injection date.

While Doe himself didn’t mention it, anecdotes like these are supported by the data in the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (or DMED). In fact, Terminal X reports that a “25 year data comparison shows a 1,100% increase in 2021 for service members in the DOD who sustained vaccine related injuries.” Whistleblower Lt. Mark Bashaw, a Preventative Science Officer, has also come forward and said that since the COVID “vaccine” rollout he and his colleagues began “noticing some alarming signals within [DMED]” in January of 2022, including “an increase in cancers, an increase in myocarditis, [and] an increase in pericarditis” amongst other ailments. (This trend, of course, matches up perfectly with what has been observed in VAERS, or the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, as well the adverse-event warnings from Pfizer and Moderna’s own post-authorization documents.)

“[I]t’s one thing when you read it, but when you personally know somebody that comes out and says [the injection injured him] and hits three out of the dozen listed symptoms, that alarmed the heck out of me,” Doe said on the phone call. “Then, on top of that, it was just talking to everybody else [who said the] shot was worse than the actual sickness. And I’m like ‘In what world is a vaccine supposed to be worse than the sickness?'”

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On top of that, Doe also discussed confusion over whether it’s the approved COMIRNATY “vaccine” that’s being forced upon the U.S. military or the—not FDA approved—EUA (or emergency use authorization) Pfizer-BioNTech injection. “As I understand it, COMIRNATY… is approved for use in all the other countries except here in the United States,” Doe said. “It doesn’t have that FDA seal of approval, so that’s the one law they’re deciding to follow… so they’re using the [EUA Pfizer-BioNTech injection] and saying ‘Oh, we both made them, they’re interchangeable,’ [and] I can’t remember where I read it, but there was basically a case where they said, ‘No, they’re not interchangeable’ …. and I’m like, ‘Yeah, [the military] did lie, or shall we say ‘willfully forgot’ about that.”

Representatives such as Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie have brought up the same point regarding the use of COMIRNATY for the military. In a tweet from February of this year, Massie wrote “Comirnaty was approved five months ago so the mandates would seem legal for the military and civilians. But Comirnaty was never made available. The actual shots are EUA only.”

Along with the lack of safety data, mounting anecdotal evidence of serious harm, and COMIRNATY confusion, Doe also noted one other warning he decided to heed: the outcome of the infamous thalidomide debacle from the mid 20th century. For those unfamiliar, thalidomide was a widely used drug in the late ’50s and early ’60s that aimed to treat nausea in pregnant women. It eventually became apparent, however, that the drug had caused severe birth defects in thousands of children

Link to article in the National Library of Medicine

Doe also says there are thousands (at the very least, in this writer’s opinion) of similar instances wherein a member of the military would rather be discharged than be forced to take one of the COVID injections. Indeed, the Army Times reported on October 2 that the U.S. Army had missed its recruiting goal by 15,000 soldiers this year. “It’s unclear how much the debate over the COVID-19 vaccine is playing in the recruiting struggles,” the Times reported, noting that “So far, the Army has discharged a bit more than 1,700 soldiers for refusing to take the mandated vaccine.”

While the Times said in its report that that 1,700 figure is just “a tiny fraction of the overall force size,” and went on to blame the lack of recruits on other factors—such as the military’s fitness, educational and moral requirements that only 23% of young people can meet—the timing of the shortage is glaring and, in all likelihood, helps to highlight the real impetus for the problem. (Congressman Andy Biggs, who currently represents Arizona’s 5th congressional district, certainly thinks the injection mandates are a big part of the recruiting problem.)

“Without a doubt [the vaccine mandate] has affected unit readiness because when I went through in 2017, we had full companies,” Doe said on the phone call. “And now, there are reports coming out that recruiters are having trouble filling the ranks. And I don’t know how true that is, but with that decision [to mandate the injections], it for sure hurt the military…. Especially when you’re kicking everybody out in the name of noncompliance.”

Link to tweet / Link to article in Army Times

Furthermore, Doe said that “removing everybody because they’re not following this corrupt, or unlawful order… that is definitely going to leave everybody weak because I can guarantee you that Russia and China… they’re not doing that. So it makes… the United States look weak, it makes our military look weak, and there [are] so many unintended consequences that are going to come that I can’t name, but I know they’re going to happen at some point.” Doe added that “this mandate has definitely affected [the military’s] recruiting and it has definitely affected the readiness of everyone.”

As for where Doe stands now? As mentioned, he’s a cadet in limbo.

“I submitted a religious exemption packet to cadet command and… they said ‘Oh no, we don’t have the authority to grant any of these,’ and I’m like ‘Who the hell does?’ [And they said] ‘You got to go through your unit,'” Doe said. Doe subsequently followed orders and submitted his exemption through his unit, but he says it’s still with the office of the Surgeon General, where it remains neither accepted nor denied. “So… at this time I am still a cadet in the eyes of the paperwork and I am still a cadet in the eyes of my unit so, basically I told… my ROTC and my unit that whether or not I commission hinges on this exemption being approved,” Doe said.

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In the meantime, Doe is working as a patient care technician with a medical company that has, according to federal law, allowed for exemptions from its COVID “vaccine” mandate. (Doe says the fact that the medical company offered religious and medical exemptions was “the only reason [he] got that job in the first place.”) Despite the job, however, Doe still seems like he wishes he could be executing on his original vision for his life.

“My First Sergeant said ‘Nobody said standing in the door would be easy, but you’re doing it,'” Doe said in his phone interview, recalling his First Sergeant’s response to his decision to request an exemption. “[S]o it was definitely a choice that I thought long and hard about and [it] led me to not sit on the stage with the friends I had made and become a Second Lieutenant,” Doe added, noting he still showed up and watched them all walk. “They all hugged me afterwards and said ‘Dude you should’ve been up there with us.’ And [I was] like ‘I know I should’ve.'”


Feature image: Eastern Washington University

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