The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVTD-19) continues to present significant risk to our forces as the DoD considers domestic and overseas personnel travel. These movements present the threat of spreading COVID-19 within our ranks and communities. My priorities remain protecting our Service members, DoD civilians, and families; safeguarding our national security capabilities; and supporting the whole-of-nation response.
All DoD Service members will stop movement, both internationally and domestically, while this memorandum is in effect. All DoD civilian personnel, and dependents of DoD Service members and DoD civilian personnel, whose travel is Government-funded will stop movement, both internationally and domestically, while this memorandum is in effect.
Except as provided below, this stop movement applies to all official travel, including temporary duty (TOY) travel; Government-funded leave travel; permanent duty travel, including Permanent Change of Station (PCS) travel; and travel related to Authorized and Ordered Departures issued by the Department of State. For DoD Service members, it also includes personal leave outside the local area and non-official travel outside the local area. DoD Components may onboard civilian employees within the local commuting area only, and civilian employees whose travel to the local commuting area is not government-funded.
The following circumstances are exempt from these travel restrictions:
a. Travel associated with uniformed personnel recruiting and accessions activities, to include accessions, basic training, advanced individual training, and follow-on travel to the first duty station. The Military Departments will notify me prior to reducing or suspending recruiting, accessions, basic training, or advanced individual training.
b. Travel by patients, as well as their authorized escorts and attendants, for purposes of medical treatment. Travel by medical providers for the purposes of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their families is also authorized.
c. Travel for Global Force Management (GFM) activities (defined as deployments/redeployments ordered in the GFM Allocation Plan and Combatant Command Assigned Force Demand tasking, including Service internal rotations to support, and TOY used to source ordered capabilities). Such travel to execute Operations, Activities, and Investments or Service-related training will be coordinated between the Combatant Command, the Joint Staff, and the appropriate Military Department. All GFM-scheduled deployments/redeployments of U.S. Navy vessel and embarked units and personnel is authorized, provided they are in-transit and have met the 14-day restriction of movement provided for under reference ( e ), and any applicable subsequent guidance.
d. Travel by authorized travelers who departed their permanent duty station and are "awaiting transportation," and by authorized travelers who have already initiated travel (including intermediate stops). Such travelers are authorized to continue travel to their final destination on approved orders.
e. Travel by authorized travelers whose TDY ends while this directive is in effect. Such travelers are authorized to return to their permanent duty station.
f. Travel authorized by the Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRA 'SCOM), to continue execution of the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise as required to project and sustain the Joint Force globally. This includes forces (aircrews, vessel crews, and mission essential personnel) ordered on prepare to-deploy orders alert status, air refueling, global patient movement, mortuary affairs support, inland surface, sea and air sustainment missions, suppo1t to other U.S. Agencies (as approved by me), and moves of personnel and equipment that support USTRANSCOM's global posture requirements.
g. Travel by individuals pending retirement or separation.
h. Travel by those under authority of a Chief of Mission and authorized by that Chief of Mission.
As set forth below, waivers to this directive may be granted in writing in cases where the travel is:
(1) determined to be mission-essential;
(2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; or
(3) warranted due to extreme hardship.
These waivers are to be executed on a case-by-case basis, must be determined to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government, and shall be coordinated between the gaining and losing organizations. Mission-essential travel refers to work that must be performed to ensure the continued operations of mission-essential functions, including positions that are deemed key and essential, as determined by the responsible DoD Component.
The Department will maintain a continuous conditions-based assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic, to include the ability of Force Providers, Combatant Commands, and USTRANSCOM to meet travel restriction requirements; host nation policy considerations regarding DoD force deployments; and COVID-19-related infrastructure at forward deployed locations. Based on this assessment, I will review this policy every 15 days to determine if travel can resume earlier than June 30, 2020. As we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, this guidance will be updated, as warranted, consistent with the priorities outlined in the first paragraph of this memorandum.
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