The overall rate of vaccination for Covid-19 among the U.S. military is far below what's claimed by CDC for the general public. The vaccines are not mandatory for the military since they are only approved for "emergency use."
According to the figures reported at military.com (counting Guardsmen and Reservists):
- 23% of the military force is fully vaccinated.
- The Navy is at 40%.
- The Marine Corps is almost 27%.
- The Air Force and Space Force are at 25%.
- The Army is at 14.5%.
Nationally, CDC says that 40% (132.8) of the U.S. population of 332 million is "fully vaccinated" against Covid-19. Nearly 50% (165.7 million) have received at least one shot but may not be fully vaccinated.
Pentagon officials have said they will not require service members to get the vaccine as long as it is being administered under an emergency use authorization. When the vaccines were first rolled out by Pfizer and Moderna, the process for receiving full approval from the FDA was predicted to take up to two years.Military.com
Although CDC says Covid-19 vaccines are very safe, they are still considered experimental in nature and only approved for emergency use. Their long term impact in terms of immunity and side effects is unknown. All of the Covid-19 vaccines used in the U.S., as well as Astra Zeneca (which is not being used in the U.S.), are linked to possible heart issues.