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Covid-19: Pentagon halts overseas troop movement for 60 days

26 March 2020

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is ratcheting up its coronavirus response with a new 60-day stop movement order for all overseas troops and civilians.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted the order on 25 March in a bid to protect personnel from the virus and maintain “operational readiness”. The order will involve approximately 90,000 service members slated to deploy or redeploy during that time period, according to the announcement.

“Building upon previously enacted movement restrictions governing foreign travel, permanent change of station moves, temporary duty and personal leave, this stop movement order will also cover exercises, deployments, redeployments and other global force management activities,” the DoD stated.

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