How COVID-19 Is Changing US Army Boot Camp

the Army's mission will not stop we're going to continue to train within some limitations this is very hard I'm just gonna lay it out this this is hard hard and that we're also going to continue to train our mission the kovat 19 crisis has already made an impact

on training at the US Army's maneuver center of excellence inside the Fort Benning military base new medical screenings and protocols are changing the way basic training is conducted every year about 69 thousand soldiers arrive at Fort Benning where future infantry and armor soldiers go through basic combat training

the footage of training in this video was shot when we visited Fort Benning in February of 2020 before training was impacted by the crisis as of March 28th six confirmed cases of kovat 19 have been connected to Fort Benning according to the army the patients were not part

of training operations on March 24th Fort biddings commanding general gave updates and answered questions in a town hall broadcast on Facebook live for the moms and dads that are out there and all the loved ones across America we do not have any positive coping 19 cases in a

training base right now now I'm not going to be naive and say that it may not happen but we'll continue to screen we'll continue to offer the best protection and mitigation measures that we can for all the soldiers every week hundreds of new recruits arrive from all over

the country to begin their one station unit training usually on buses like this one according to Major General Gary britto new recruits will still be received amid the pandemic at this point will also continue to receive future soldiers although perhaps in smaller numbers over the next couple of

months according to Britta incoming recruits get their temperature taken before they board the vehicle that takes them to Fort Benning and they're asked questions about where they've recently been and if they're feeling any symptoms we can make the call for it when a person shows up and they

may be coming from one of those states that is heavily hit like New York State at this time move he or she directly to a safe quarantine location to ensure that we minimize the risk of any Cova 19 spreads as for the thousands of recruits currently training at

Fort Benning training will continue albeit with some limitations as you all know we're gonna continue our training there's a lot of measures in place to assist us and and social distancing managing physical distance and the simple risk that our soldiers may be open up to as you can

see from this footage shot in February some of the training requires physical contact but because of the new health risks recruits are being ordered to incorporate a so-called physical dispersion of at least 40 inches which is a bit more than three feet between themselves and other recruits according

to fourth inning training like you see here known as combatives which requires physical contact has been temporarily suspended and for training like military operations in urban terrain or mout instructors are ordering recruits to incorporate social distancing as much as possible the commanders and command sergeant majors are empowered

to keep those soldiers physically fit keeping in mind the dispersion and the group stuff just needs to stop that is something that will continue we'll have to continue to monitor and stop people of the doing the wrong thing perhaps the biggest impact is what happens to the soldiers

after they graduate all visitors are prohibited from attending graduation ceremonies which typically happen every week and the future timelines for graduates ready to join the army remains unclear as of now they will remain here at Fort Benning and we're working with the army through his apartment defense policies

on how and when they will be shipped to their gaining unit I cannot put a timeline on that now according to Major General Britto there is no shortage of space at Fort Benning to house the graduates who for now cannot leave and so far it's going well for

us but I don't want to be naive enough to say that the threat was not going to continue and we will mitigate and treat it the best we can and make the prudent decisions to protect our force frame civilians and soldiers included of all ranks the best we

can as well

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