The U.S. Military Will Feel the Impact of COVID-19 for Decades to Come

Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look for passengers getting off a train from New York, in Westerly, Rhode Island, March 28, 2020 (AP photo by David Goldman).
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look for passengers getting off a train from New York, in Westerly, Rhode Island, March 28, 2020 (AP photo by David Goldman).
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Like every other American institution, the United States military is struggling to deal with the spread of the novel coronavirus. Its immediate focus is on supporting civil authorities during this crisis while staying prepared for other missions. It is a complex and difficult balance to strike, and the virus is likely to take a serious long-term toll on readiness. Even after the crisis passes, things will never be the same for the military. For now, a good portion of the military is supporting civilian efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic, much of it undertaken by the reserve components. Last week, […]

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