Originally Posted by mamabearof5
I have just began the process of trying to get my religious exemption... you are definately further than I am. I'm just trying to get my kids in CYS for sports. We are at Ft Riley in KS which is also in the Western Region. They told me that "they are reviewing the religious exemption policy and they aren't approving them so easily and it will takes months to get an approval if I get one at all" and then proceeded to tell me where I can go off post! My husband and I have an appointment today with the Chief of Preventive Medicine but I am really nervous about it. They have made it obvious to me that they are trying their hardest to discourage me from following through with this. They have asked for proof of my "religious tenets" and wanted a letter from our "clergy"! Have you been able to get anywhere since you posted this?
Just say that you believe God created us perfect and you believe that it is wrong and arrogant to believe we can improve upon God's perfect creation. Therefore, it would be a violation of your religious principle's to vaccinate your children. (If he says "then you reject all medical care?/are you Jehovah's Witness?/Scientology?" repeat above).
I would avoid being too specific; one reason being you run the risk of giving philosophical reasons that SEEM religious.
Actually, I would avoid being specific at all, but if it happens..."are you claiming to be a religious authority with dominion over a dependent's religious beliefs? Army regulations do not specify such authority. Members who want an exemption for themselves need doctrinal/clergy support by regulation, dependents do not."
I would try to have the attitude of "I'm not trying to be difficult, but I know the regulations." I wouldn't wait months though; on another thread, a poster who called the IG was told to give the base commander a couple of weeks, then they would investigate.
Army Regulation 40–562
CG COMDTINST M6230.4F:
specifically states, "Department of Defense schoolteachers, daycare center workers, and children attending DOD–sponsored schools
and daycare centers or similar facilities on military installations. As a condition of employment or attendance at these
facilities, schoolteachers, childcare center workers, volunteers, and children attending DOD–sponsored primary and
secondary schools, childcare centers, or similar facilities are administered appropriate vaccines against communicable
diseases unless already immune (based on documented receipt of vaccine series or physician–diagnosed illness) or
medically/administratively exempt. "[/quote]
Army Regulation 608-10
Child Development Services
(2) A waiver of the immunization requirement must be approved in writing by the Chief, Preventive Medicine or
health consultant. Parents must be counseled that children with waivers will be excluded from the program in the event
of vaccine preventable communicable disease outbreak.
C–37. Compliance item 15.
c. Equivalency. A waiver of immunizations signed by Chief, Preventive Medicine may be considered for religious
convictions. Parents must be counseled that the child may be excluded during an outbreak of vaccine preventable
Army Dependent Exemption Memos
Edited by Emmeline II - 5/3/11 at 9:37am