As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads and continues to spur panic throughout the world, the U.S. military is implementing more drastic preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of its members.

During the last couple of days, the U.S. Navy and Air Force have made the decision that they will conduct boot camp and officer graduation ceremonies without the attendance of guests, starting this Friday.

In Great Lakes, Illinois, up to 1,000 sailors graduate every week from Navy Boot Camp. Similarly, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Air Force Basic Military Training graduation attracts up to 7,000 guests weekly.

The Navy and Air Force recognize the disappointment and frustration for the guests that planned to attend these graduations. Yet, both branches iterated how important it is to ensure the safety of all military personnel and guests.