Strict restrictions on the movement of military personnel inside the United States are imposed in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus.
US Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist approved new travel restrictions for military personnel, civilian employees of the Ministry of Defense and their families assigned to US military facilities and adjacent territories. The restrictions this time apply to all internal travel, including transfers to a new permanent duty station and temporary assignments. This is stated in a statement that was published on the Pentagon’s website.
The Ministry of Defense also partially suspends the recruitment of civilian personnel to military facilities: the restriction will affect people who do not live in close transport accessibility from their place of work.
In addition, military personnel will now be able to spend holidays only at their place of residence. This is stated in the new interim guidelines on the principles of the Armed forces. It will come into force starting from March 16 and will be valid until May 11.
Exceptions will only be made if the trip is necessary for a defense mission, for humanitarian reasons, or in the case of an “extremely difficult life situation.”