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COVID-19: Army Stops Bringing New Recruits To Basic Training

Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Sydney J. Freedberg  |  April 6, 2020  |  Breaking Defense


There are enough young privates already in the pipeline, Gen. Paul Funk said, to keep Army units fully manned for months to come.

WASHINGTON: As of today, the Army has temporarily stopped bringing in new recruits for basic training, the four-star chief of Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) told reporters this afternoon. The pause will last at least two weeks, Gen. Paul Funk said.

The Army had already curtailed field exercises and assemblies for troops in operational units. Last month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper reportedly rejected an earlier proposal to stop shipping new recruits to basic training. READ MORE...

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