Personnel and Readiness Guidance

Health Affairs: Force Health Protection Guidance

  • 1 April 2020: Guidance for Commanders on the Implementation of the Risk-Based Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic

    This memorandum captures previously issued verbal guidance, and provides the Secretary of Defense intent for military commanders as they make and implement critical local decisions in the coming weeks and months. The department anticipates remaining at HPCON “C” as a global posture for the foreseeable future. Memo provides guidance to local commanders to exercise mission command by making rapid decisions above HPCON "C" if required to protect the force.

  • 25 March 2020: Military Department Medical Manpower for Department of Defense Response to Covid-19

    The Secretary of Defense anticipates an increase in requests for assistance from interagency and civilian sources, as well as, increasing challenges to maintain the readiness of our force and the health of our military families. He directs Military Departments to provide a complete list of all active duty and civilian medical personnel, a report of each installation's health protection condition status, and identify if any installation is having difficulty meeting the requirements of their Pandemic Influenza contingency plan.