Well, it has finally happened. I am a brand new member; but a very long-time lurker on mothering, particularly on the vaxing boards and this post finally gave me the kick in the butt to register, just so I could respond.
I don't have any scientific studies to go to to respond to this post, but I am a military wife, and the mother of a child who died of a very rare type of cancer a couple years back. That experience has really caused me to stop and think about a lot of things, including, and especially, what we put into our bodies and our children's bodies. My daughter is almost fully vaccinated (missing one varicella vaccine, possibly one other that was added to the schedule later, prevnar maybe?) and my son has his full round of 2 month vaccines when he was three months old on the advice of our pediatrician who I really liked and respected (still do, although we've moved so he is no longer our pediatrician), in spite of some reservations I was having at the time about giving so many vaccines at once. He had no vaccines after that, as he was diagnosed with AT/RT just shy of 5 months of age and started treatment immediately. He didn't survive long enough for me to ever revisit the issue. If I had to classify myself on this spectrum, I would consider myself vaccine-skeptical, leaning towards delayed/selective vaccination.
As far as vaccinating the military goes, this is how I perceive it having watched my husband go through it:
It's an easy test group because if the military makes something mandatory for service, there isn't much that a service member can do about it, whether they have concerns about it or not. Whether the vaccines have been proven safe or not isn't so much of an issue with this particular group as a result.
I find it interesting that you are making a blanket statement that our troops are suffering deleterious effects from being so vaccinated. Are you positive about that? Are you a military member? Are you married to one? Do you live in a military community?
Living on base in Quantico I have never met so many families with special needs children - and I'm not just talking autistic spectrum special needs here, although there were many children with those needs. I'm talking about children with really bizarre and rare conditions (like my son's) that either did or will result in the death of those children at some point. For example, my son's cancer was, after genetic testing, determined to be a result of a gene mutation - but it was not genetically inherited from either my husband or myself, as neither of us carries this gene mutation. What triggered that mutation? Can you say for certain that it wasn't a result of the heavy cocktail of vaccines that my husband had received in recent years? It may not have been, but it is possible. Something had to have triggered that modification, and nobody can explain to me what it was or even what it could possibly have been. I'm not ruling anything out at this point; I am exercising serious caution when it comes to everything that goes into my body, my husband's body and my children's bodies.
Our troops are exposed to an alarming number of things that are extremely dangerous to them. Just because it's not openly discussed doesn't mean that it's not happening. My husband was exposed to some terrible environmental pollutions in Iraq. A lot of the tools utilized by our troops in war are extremely dangerous in terms of radiation and other harmful exposures. I know of many families whose fertility was impacted directly in one way or another as a result of those exposures - these things are common knowledge among military members. Just because you're not seeing the deleterious effects in an obvious way doesn't mean that they aren't there. (In fact, any of those factors could also have been the trigger for my son's cancer. Or it could have been environmental toxins I was exposed to. I really can't pretend to know.) There are reasons that the disability claims among military members are so high - they are required to put their bodies through absolute hell during their careers. I find it to be quite arrogant for anyone who hasn't experienced that first-hand to make assertions about what the government would or would not expose the troops to. They are constantly exposed to very harmful and dangerous things.
Anyhow, I suppose that my post is probably not scientific enough for you, so it begs the question why bother responding, but even without the science to back me up, I do believe that my questions and observations from living in this community for several years and also through personal experience are quite valid.