Release
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Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 16) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Deployment and Redeployment of Individuals and Units During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

May 6, 2021

The department released the memo for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 16) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Deployment and Redeployment of Individuals and Units During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic.

This memorandum rescinds and replaces reference (a) and provides updated force health protection (FHP) deployment and redeployment guidance for Service members in a title 10 or title 32 duty status and DOD civilian employees deploying within and outside the United States during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, consistent with references (b), (c), (d), and (e).

This guidance covers deployment to, and redeployment from, any operational area, including COVID-19 operational areas, to home station. In this guidance, "COVID-19 operational area" means a geographic area or location, overseas or in the United States, where Service members are deployed to provide operational support related to the COVID-19 response efforts during the COVID-19 national emergency.

DOD Component heads may implement more restrictive guidance and additional FHP measures based on Military Department (MILDEP) and commanders' local risk assessments, in consultation with their medical staffs and public health authorities, and in accordance with applicable law.

The memorandum for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 16) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Deployment and Redeployment of Individuals and Units During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic can be found here.