The problem with allowing local commanders to develop Covid-19 policies for prevention is a bad idea. If the commander doesn’t have the right education, he won’t disseminate the right information.
Getting the right tools to combat the virus is also another issue. Without a clear policy from the Department of Defense based on common sense measures and the right tools and equipment to fight this, some troops may die unnecesarily.
Based on my experience in the Army, I can say that there was often a disconnect between command and the troops. I think DOD needs to take the reins here and develop the right policies.
Troops say the US military is not taking COVID-19 seriously
What the U.S. military is telling troops about how to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is all over the map. The Pentagon continues to insist that commanders can determine the best approach to stopping the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in their units, resulting in Troops say the US military is not taking COVID-19 seriously
Without clear policy from the DOD, it will be impossible to determine what is unsafe and what is safe. I read recently that the paper surgical masks really don’t do anything to protect from Coronavirus. This was information coming from doctors.
Again, until DOD takes the reins and develops effective policy here, I see troops dying that didn’t have to.
SecDef to Troops: Speak Up If You See Unsafe Procedures During Outbreak
SecDef Esper is calling on rank-and-file troops to speak up if their units are doing something potentially unsafe. SecDef to Troops: Speak Up If You See Unsafe Procedures During Outbreak
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