Survivors of coronavirus banned from joining the military

Coronavirus: Survivors of virus to be banned from joining the military

A person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be able to join the military, according to a memo recently issued from U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command.

The memo sent out this week to the 65 MEPS and RPS locations stated that a coronavirus diagnosis would lead to an eventual permanent disqualification from military service.

Specific guidance for processing applicants with a confirmed case of the coronavirus was included in the document:.

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“During the medical history interview or examination, a history of COVID-19, confirmed by either a laboratory test or a clinician diagnosis, is permanently disqualifying," according to the memo obtained by The Military Times.

Pentagon spokesperson Jessica Maxwell confirmed to the Military Times the authenticity of the memo Wednesday.

Applicants who test positive may be able to request a waiver, but it’s unclear on how many requests would be granted, according to The Washington Times.

In this image provided by the U.S. Army, recent Army basic combat training graduates have their temperatures taken as they arrive at Fort Lee, Va, on March 31, 2020, after being transported using sterilized buses from Fort Jackson, S.C.
In this image provided by the U.S. Army, recent Army basic combat training graduates have their temperatures taken as they arrive at Fort Lee, Va, on March 31, 2020, after being transported using sterilized buses from Fort Jackson, S.C. (U.S. Army/AP)