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The Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration when it ruled Friday that the Navy is allowed to consider vaccination status in deciding deployments or assignments for unvaccinated SEALS and other special operations personnel.
The majority of SCOTUS believes the US military has the authority to refuse the deployment of unvaccinated service members, while the dissenting opinion argues that the court decision will relegate soldiers in those cases to paper-pushing and desk duties.
It was a six-to-three decision that had Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas in the dissenting camp.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s opinion brings up the military’s capacity to make their own decisions for the sake of national defense.
“The Navy has an extraordinarily compelling interest in maintaining strategic and operational control over the assignment and deployment of all Special Warfare personnel — including control over decisions about military readiness,” he wrote.
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