US Army Recruiting Shifts Virtual to Reduce COVID-19 Risk - MS&T

US Army Recruiting Shifts Virtual to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

All recruiting stations within U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) are shifting to mobile and virtual operations to limit in-person contact.

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Trainees low crawl toward the finish line of the “Fit To Win” endurance course during week 2 of basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Image credit: US Army

Recruiters will remain accessible to those interested in a career with the U.S. Army, but they will communicate through text, phone calls, direct messages or video chat rather than face-to-face.

“We are very confident in our ability to operate in the virtual space, as it has become a primary method of talking to potential soldiers in recent years,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, USAREC commanding general. “While face-to-face discussions are valuable when discussing options to serve in the U.S. Army, we are able to work around that, if necessary. Right now, I think that is necessary for the health and safety of our force and those around them.”

The U.S. Army is actively shipping future soldiers to Basic Combat Training at this time. Recruiters will have limited in-person contact with their future soldiers who are preparing to ship to training bases. All future soldiers are being prescreened for symptoms and potential exposure to COVID-19 prior to departing for basic training.

Future soldiers who are in areas considered at high risk for exposure to the virus are being rescheduled and will work with their local recruiters on a new timeline for shipment to training.

Army leaders have implemented force protection measures across all U.S. Army training centers to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is dedicated to meeting critical mission requirements while safeguarding the health and wellness of recruiters, recruits, cadre and their families.