and as required, identify to the Assistant Secretary of Defense/Health Affairs (ASD [HA])
vaccines available to protect against validated biological warfare threat agents and
recommend appropriate immunization protocols.
c. Procedures. The DOD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare
Defense is conducted as follows:
The Commanders of the Unified Commands provide the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff with their assessment of the biological warfare threats to their
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the
Commanders of the Unified Commands; the Chiefs of the Military Services; and the
Director, DIA, annually validates and prioritizes the biological warfare threats to DOD
personnel and forwards them to the DOD Executive Agent through (ASD [HA]).
Within 30 days of receiving the validated and prioritized biological warfare
threat list from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the DOD Executive Agent, in
consultation with the Secretaries of the Military Departments and the Chairman of the
Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, provide recommendations to the ASD (HA) on
vaccine and immunization protocols necessary to enhance protection against validated
biological warfare threat agents.
Within 30 days of receiving the coordinated recommendations of the DOD
Executive Agent, the ASD (HA) directs the Secretaries of the Military Departments to
begin immunization of the specified DOD personnel against specific biological warfare
7-22. RECORDS FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL
a. DHHS Form PHS 731. For each member of the Armed Forces and for
nonmilitary personnel, a DHHS Form PHS 731 is prepared. The form contains valid
certificates of immunization for international travel and quarantine purposes in
accordance with World Health Organization international health regulations. The DHHS
Form PHS 731 remains in the custody of the individual who is responsible for its
safekeeping and for keeping it in his or her possession when performing international
b. Issuance of DHHS Form PHS 731 and SF601 to Military Personnel. At
the time of initial immunization of a person entering military service, DHHS Form PHS
731 and SF 601, Health Record--Immunization Record, are initiated. Written
statements from civilian physicians attesting to immunization with approved vaccines,
and providing dates and dosages, are accepted as evidence of immunization.