U.S. Army shifts to virtual recruiting to reduce COVID‐19 risk

No more face-to-face meetings for now
Posted at 10:59 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 18:52:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY — All recruiting stations within U.S. Army Recruiting Command have shifted to mobile and virtual operations to limit in‐person contact due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Wednesday news release, the Army said 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.

“Our recruiters are limiting in‐person contact and leveraging telephonic and social media platforms to conduct recruiting operations," said Salt Lake Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Raphael Vasquez. "This force posture should not be interpreted as a disengagement but rather an active approach our recruiters are taking to ensure the safety of the population we are sworn to defend."

The U.S. Army is actively shipping future soldiers to Basic Combat Training at this time. All future soldiers are being pre-screened 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.