Pentagon orders 60-day troop freeze: report

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Read: 690     10:48     26 March 2020    

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a stop to all troop movement overseas for 60 days to attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the military, according to multiple outlets. 


The stop movement order will apply to all U.S. forces, civilian personnel and families — including those scheduled to return stateside and those scheduled to deploy — with some exceptions, Esper first told Reuters on Wednesday. 

The drawdown underway in Afghanistan will continue, Esper said.

There are 227 service members, 81 civilian employees, 67 dependents and 40 contractors who have tested positive for the illness COVID-19.

To slow the spread in its ranks, the Defense Department also on Wednesday raised the military’s health protection level to its second-highest setting for all military installations globally.



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Pentagon orders 60-day troop freeze: report

2020/03/698934B9-513B-4CFA-B7EF-7216304A49A3-1585170584.png
Read: 691     10:48     26 March 2020    

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a stop to all troop movement overseas for 60 days to attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the military, according to multiple outlets. 


The stop movement order will apply to all U.S. forces, civilian personnel and families — including those scheduled to return stateside and those scheduled to deploy — with some exceptions, Esper first told Reuters on Wednesday. 

The drawdown underway in Afghanistan will continue, Esper said.

There are 227 service members, 81 civilian employees, 67 dependents and 40 contractors who have tested positive for the illness COVID-19.

To slow the spread in its ranks, the Defense Department also on Wednesday raised the military’s health protection level to its second-highest setting for all military installations globally.



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