I got the jab, I also got my first BS degree in biochem, so I knew how to do the research and compare the risks to other vaccines I've taken. I also made sure my children got as few "bundled vaccines" during early childhood as possible, in order to avoid an overactive immune response. I've gotten flak from both sides of the vaccine debate, for both actions.
In 2003 I also got the experimental/"not approved for civilian use" Anthrax vaccine. And yearly boosters for that ever since...
The 82d Airborne has a mission, and that could be to drop into the middle of a war zone where everyone has COVID. And we can't have 25% of the fighting force become ineffective due to flu like symptoms. Intuitively we know this, the from a military perspective, having 1 to 20 in 10,000 paratroopers have an adverse reaction at Fort Bragg, than having 200 to 1000 paratroopers from a task force go down on a no notice mission.
From the cold logical perspective of military readiness requirements, the vaccine is a no brainer. If you are in the service, legally you don't get a choice about vaccination unless you are medically exempted (undergoing immune suppression, or allergic to a component).
As far a civilian mandates go, I am absolutely against. Soldiers give up freedoms, accept UCMJ as a system of law outside the normal civil liberties of the United States. But civilians do not. The government has no business demanding citizens inject anything into their bodies. And this is why the vaccine has become such a topic in the "culture wars." The statists want the government to have the power to mandate and force people into compliance, the liberty oriented just want to be left alone.
It is what it is, and the reality is that somehow the Democrats took the White House and enough of Congress to be a serious threat to your body autonomy.