U.S. Army Delays New Recruits' Basic Training Due To Coronavirus

Recruits who have already begun their early training will keep working under recently introduced screening and safety guidelines.

4/7/2020 1:46:00 AM

The U.S. Army will not send new recruits to basic training for at least two weeks due to safety concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recruits who have already begun their early training will keep working under recently introduced screening and safety guidelines.

Recent Army basic combat training graduates have their temperatures taken as they arrive at Fort Lee, Va., on March 31, after being transported using sterilized buses from Fort Jackson, S.C. The Army says it will delay basic training due to COVID-19.U.S. Army photo via AP

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hide captiontoggle captionU.S. Army photo via APRecent Army basic combat training graduates have their temperatures taken as they arrive at Fort Lee, Va., on March 31, after being transported using sterilized buses from Fort Jackson, S.C. The Army says it will delay basic training due to COVID-19.

U.S. Army photo via APThe U.S. Army will not bring a new class of recruits into basic combat training due to disruptions and safety concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, as an order to delay the process for at least two weeks took effect on Monday.Recruits who have already begun their early training will keep working under recently introduced screening and safety guidelines, the Army says.

"The decision to pause the shipment of trainees to BCT for two weeks will allow leaders to focus on setting conditions so movement can be conducted in a safer manner in the future," said Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Funk said that trainees who are already in the pipeline of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training – the second, career-centric portion of the service's initial training process – have been undergoing"social-distanced-enabled training" and other measures to cut down on the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus.

The Army has also cut down on the amount of movement of its soldiers and trainees. Read more: NPR »

Two weeks, good luck. Months maybe. Well at least they have a plan they can adjust as needed.... We need our uniformed and trained recruits.. maybe we will recieve some real leadership in these recruits due to career changes..god bless all of them... Wow the army more responsible than the Wisconsin Supreme Court

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