What Impact Will a Positive COVID19 Test Have on Your Assignment Status?
While widespread testing for COVID19 has not yet occurred, it is logical to assume that the military will institute mandatory testing once a proper procedure is available. This testing process will raise a few questions regarding the availability of those who test positive for worldwide assignment and deployment. This discussion will be complicated by the fact that many who test positive will be asymptomatic. If you test positive, does this mean that you will need to have assignment restrictions or cannot deploy to harsh environments? Will these restrictions include limiting assignments to areas where you will have access to a major Military Treatment Facility? Given the issues that recently arose on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), will this preclude you from sea duty assignments? I will be addressing all these matters over the next few weeks- be sure to check back for updates!