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How is the Military Protecting My Service Member During COVID-19?

Current as of March 1, 2021


The Department of Defense remains committed to the health and safety of military members and their families. This time of coronavirus disease 2019 is no different. The DOD continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to stop spread. The DOD offers free resources through Military OneSource. Each program helps with different military-life challenges or seasons.

Testing and Surveillance for COVID-19

Learn about the DOD’s expanded testing for coronavirus disease 2019 and other measures to detect the disease early and stop its spread.

Protecting against COVID-19

Your local government set guidelines to keep the community healthy. The DOD has taken these steps to help keep military members healthy:

  • Authorized telework when duties allow
  • Started daily health screening for jobs where remote work isn’t possible
  • Restricted personnel movement and travel (now resuming in phases as local conditions allow)
  • Required face masks for all individuals performing DOD duties , whether on military installations or at other locations including in common areas, shared workspaces and outdoor shared spaces
  • Required frequent handwashing and social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines for all individuals performing DOD duties
  • Began tiered COVID-19 testing of military personnel
  • Required risk assessments for service members, DOD civilian employees and DOD contractor personnel prior to travel
  • Authorized Pre-travel and restriction of movement-associated testing for official international air travel at military medical treatment facilities for DOD civilian employees and members of the Selected Reserve including members of the National Guard

Installations are taking additional precautions. Read about your service member’s location.

Protecting your service member during deployment and redeployment

As deployments and redeployments resume, the DOD prioritizes:

  • Protecting military and civilian personal and their families
  • Safeguarding our national security capabilities
  • Supporting the nationwide response to the pandemic

When your service member deploys or redeploys, safety measures will include:

  • Appropriate screening at the assigned place of duty or point of embarkation
  • Assessment of exposure history, temperature and any COVID-19 signs and symptoms and past test results
  • Consultation with a DOD health care provider if direct screening isn’t possible
  • Evaluation and testing, if necessary, of anyone with a fever or affirmative responses to screening questions
  • Isolation following DOD guidance for anyone who tests positive during screening or meets the clinical case definition of probable infection
  • Mandatory 14-day restriction of movement for all service members before deploying outside the United States (or after arrival, with permission)
  • Mandatory assessment before redeployment to see if 14-day restriction of movement is indicated

Protecting your service member’s pay and benefits

COVID-19 has changed routines around the world. This includes many service members’ duties and training. The DOD understands that can heighten anxiety. So it has acted to protect pay and benefits.

Financial assistance and counseling

Closures have strained finances for many. Resources are available to help service members, including:

Military OneSource is here 24/7 to keep you informed. Visit our Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community page.

For DOD updates for the military community on COVID-19, view these sites:

The DOD continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies to respond to the outbreak and prevent its spread. The DOD offers free resources through Military OneSource. Each program helps with different military-life challenges or seasons.

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