US Army eyes next steps in COVID-19 fight
Butler Defence Solutions
The US Army is preparing a comprehensive plan for training and deploying
soldiers as the service continues to fulfill its national defense mission.
Although a great deal of activity remains on a “tactical pause” during the COVID-19 pandemic, steps have already been taken to create “safety bubbles” around soldiers, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said April 23. This includes slowing the shipment of new recruits to basic training to allow for social distancing, quarantining for 14 days soldiers returning from overseas deployments, and restricting travel for much of the force.
As the service works to balance readiness with soldier safety, leaders will continue to build on those measures, including increasing the Army’s ability to screen and test soldiers and isolate them so they can safely train in large groups, McCarthy said.