New Army recruits with low-grade fevers could be prevented from starting Basic Combat Training (BCT) on time as part of a sweeping effort involving all U.S. military branches to prevent the novel coronavirus from potentially spreading throughout the force.
The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have all confirmed to Military.com that all recruits are now being screened for the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, before starting initial-entry training.
Over the past week, U.S. military leaders have begun to intensify the Pentagon’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak after a soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea tested positive for the potentially deadly virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
The Army has directed that all recruits be screened at recruiting stations just before shipping to BCT and then undergo a second round of screening upon arrival, according to Lisa Ferguson, spokeswoman for Army Recruiting Command.