The US Department of Defence Military Health System has turned its focus on exploring the psychological impacts of Covid-19 on health care workers, service members, veterans, civilians and their families. The pandemic has affected several facets of society and changed how people live and interact. This has caused some to experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness. Defense Health Agency clinical psychologist Dr Holly O’Reilly said service members and veterans are encouraged to seek mental health care help.
The US Air Force has delayed the mandatory uniform changes for the Operational Camouflage Pattern and Two-Piece Flight Duty Uniform (2PFDU) to 1 September. It was originally intended to take effect on 1 June and has been delayed in a bid to reduce excessive stress on airmen and Space professionals during COVID-19 restrictions. The service noted that mandatory wear of the OCP Uniform remains April 2021.
The US Navy has released new Covid-19 standardised operational guidance to help the fleet fight the pandemic. It includes actions that navy units, including any ship riders, direct support personnel, are expected to implement as they move forward and take required steps to preserve operational readiness while safeguarding the health of the forces. Some of the actions include pre-deployment medical screening, a minimum of 14 days in a pre-deployment restriction of movement sequestered status, handwashing and face coverings and more.