The U.S. military has announced that recruits who contracted the coronavirus will not be allowed to join the military. The military has been handed a memo with new guidelines for dealing with potential recruits with a past COVID-19 diagnosis. These survivors will not be allowed to defend their country. The MEPCOM memo is making the rounds on twitter. The memo reads, “During the medical history interview or examination, a history of COVID-19, confirmed by either a laboratory test or a clinician diagnosis, is permanently disqualifying.”
“During the screening process, a reported history of confirmed COVID-19 will be annotated ‘Considered disqualifying’“ pic.twitter.com/ZKx91AUbXo
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The spokeswoman for the Pentagon, Jessica Maxwell, confirmed to the Military Times the authenticity of the memo. The memo explains how to process those who show symptoms, such as, taking their temperature and determining contact with the virus. Those who do not pass the screening can return in 14 days and they will not be tested. Those who are diagnosed as having the coronavirus will have to report to MEPS after 28 days. After the 28 days, the recruited will be “permanently disqualified.”
It will be possible for disqualified recruits to request a waiver, but so far there are no guidelines for granting waivers which means that none will be granted for the time being. Maxwell did not explain why a COVID-19 diagnosis is disqualifying, but many are hazarding to guess. Many believe that it boils down to not knowing enough about the effects of COVID-19 on the human body. This makes recruit’s reactions to basic training unpredictable and is probably the reason for the Pentagon to air on the side of caution. Perhaps there will be new guidelines once more is known about the virus.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com