1981 Navy Corpsman Manual Blatantly Acknowledges Contamination within the Military’s Mass Immunizations

In a stark admission, a 1981 Navy Hospital Corpsman Training Manual recognized the likelihood of contamination when mass jet injector vaccinations are done in haste and procedures are not properly followed.

The manual recalls the infamous assembly line inoculations where jet injectors used within boot camps and training facilities.

“The most common method of mass immunization is through the use of ‘shot lines.’ You will undoubtedly remember this practice from boot camp.”

The manual then blatantly acknowledges,

“When immunizations are administered on a mass scale, the tendency to shortcut recommended procedures increases the likelihood of contamination and improper administration.”

As the evidence of record before and after the publication of this manual has shown, the “shortcut[s]” or rather procedures typically not followed by corpsmen were:

Next let’s look at the word contamination as it relates to mass jet injector immunizations. The use of this word in this 1981 manual can only be associated with blood or serum contamination as evidenced by contemporaneous documents.

Department of Defense directives also associated the word contamination with blood and serum.

  • A Navy Bureau of Medicine directive, dated November 1, 1995, stated in regards of jet injectors, “injector nozzles, visibly contaminated with blood must be dismantled, changed, and sterilized.” (emphasis added) (DoD, 1995)
  • A Navy Bureau of Medicine directive, dated January 3, 1996 and titled “Dental Infection Control Program,” defined contaminated as, “Contaminated. The presence or reasonably expected presence of blood or other potentially infectious material on an item or surface.” (emphasis added) (DoD, 1996)

As the evidence presented above has shown, the military’s high volume immunizations with jet injectors were conducted in haste and the procedures outlined by the manufacturer and the military were not followed. According to this 1981 Navy Corpsman Manual, these “shortcuts,” increased the likelihood of contamination of the injector, and thus, exposed military personnel to cross-contamination of blood and blood-borne pathogens.

The entire manual can be accessed here.

1981 navy hospital corpsman training manual


• (Lipson et al., 1958) Lipson MJ, Carver DH, Eleff MG, et al. Antibody response to poliomyelitis vaccine administered by jet injection. Am J Public Health 48:599–603, 1958.

• (DoD, 1995) Department of Defense. Immunizations and chemoprophylaxis (aerospace medicine). Air Force Joint Instruction 48-110; Army Regulation 40-562’ BUMEDINST 6230.15; CG COMDTINST M6230.4E. By Order of the Secretaries of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Transportation. 1 November 1995. 14 pages (U.S. G.P.O.: 1995-404-407:20140).

• (DoD, 1996) Department of Defense. Dental Infection Control Program. BUMEDINST 6600.10A CH-2, BUMED-631. 3 January 1996. 58 pages.

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