The Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted a 60-day stop movement order effective on Wednesday, March 25th for all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel and their sponsored family members overseas.
This measure is taken to aid in further prevention of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), to protect U.S. personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force.
Building upon previously enacted movement restrictions governing foreign travel, permanent change of station moves, temporary duty and personal leave, this stop movement order will also impact exercises, deployments, redeployments and other global force management activities.
(Pentagon officials held press briefing to provide COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Mar 25. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Mar 25, 2020.)
Approximately 90,000 Service Members slated to deploy or redeploy over the next 60 days will likely be impacted by this stop movement order.
Embedded within the order are mechanisms by which exceptions can be granted.
Authorized exceptions to the order include:
Travel by patients and medical providers for the purposes of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their families.
Scheduled deployments/redeployments of U.S. navy vessels and embarked units, provided they are in transit for 14 days and have met the restriction of movement (ROM) requirements associated with current force health protection guidance.
Individuals who have already initiated travel.
Individuals whose TDY ends while this order is in effect are authorized to return to their home station.