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Pentagon officials detail how the Army is monitoring the health of recruits during basic training, April 6, 2020.

 

The Army will temporarily halt the movement of soldiers to basic combat training because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command said Monday.

“This conditions-based pause allows leaders to further focus on setting conditions to restart movement in a safer manner,” Army Gen. Paul E. Funk II said.

This is not a pause in training for the 54,000 soldiers who are currently at Army training centers, he added.

In addition to Funk, Army Maj. Gen. Frank M. Muth, commander of the Army Recruiting Command; Army Maj. Gen. Lonnie G. Hibbard, commander of the Center for Initial Military Training; and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Edward W. Mitchell, also with the Center for Initial Military Training, spoke at a Pentagon news conference today regarding the impact of COVID-19 on recruiting and accessions.

Regarding soldiers who are now training, drill sergeants have been strictly enforcing social distance-enabled training, Funk said. Also, trainees are regularly screened for COVID-19 as they continue to train.

Recent graduates of basic combat training are screened for COVID-19 upon arrival at Fort Lee, Va., March 31, 2020. | Photo: Army Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack.

Recent graduates of basic combat training are screened for COVID-19 upon arrival at Fort Lee, Va., March 31, 2020. | Photo: Army Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack.

During the pause, commanders will ensure they are following the correct and most current procedures and capabilities to screen and test recruits, he said.

For each new basic combat training cycle, there will be a two-week monitoring period before trainees start their normal, eight-week period of instruction, Funk said.

The command has applied lessons learned from U.S. forces in Italy and Korea, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he mentioned.

“We are still training every day to fight and win our nation’s wars as our nation expects us to do,” Funk said.

Army recruits are reminded to practice social distancing at Fort Lee, Va., March 31, 2020. | Photo: Army Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack.

Army recruits are reminded to practice social distancing at Fort Lee, Va., March 31, 2020. | Photo: Army Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack.

Leaders also talked about the precautions being taken before trainees go to training bases.

Muth noted that all recruiters are now doing virtual recruiting over social media instead of having face-to-face contact.

Hibbard said the prospective trainees are screened for COVID-19 at all military entrance processing stations as well as when they arrive at the training base reception battalion. From there, they are moved into the two-week controlled monitoring.

A recent graduate of the Army’s basic combat training has her temperature taken upon arrival to Fort Lee, Va., March 31, 2020. | Photo: Army Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack.

A recent graduate of the Army’s basic combat training has her temperature taken upon arrival to Fort Lee, Va., March 31, 2020. | Photo: Army Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack.

Monitoring, he added, means asking the soldiers questions about their health and taking their temperatures. After the 14 days, collective training starts, but with social distancing.

— By David Vergun, DOD News

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