Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered in March to stop all US troops’ movement for 60 days because of concerns about the spread of the corona virus. Esper predicted that the order would be extended at a press conference on Tuesday, but didn’t specify a new date.
The order, Donovan said, includes exemptions for troop deployments and returns, recruitment and basic training, temporary business trips or station changes, trips needed for medical treatment, and people leaving the military.
Donovan said the new guidelines are “somewhat more liberal” due to exceptions and exceptions compared to the previous order. He did not rule out another extension after June and said Esper would review the guidelines every 15 days to see if the trip could be resumed earlier.