If the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is at all a touchstone for us regarding the gravity of a situation, then it is noteworthy that the Pentagon has imposed DoD-wide travel restrictions for all of the personnel and their families.

It was never to say that the military should be exempt from precautions and measures to curtail the spread of pandemic COVIL-19; all of the Nation must do its part.

As of now, all travel plans by DoD personnel are deferred unless deemed as mission essential or are related to matters of extreme hardship. General staff will be the determining body which will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether an exemption is warranted. Persons on orders to separate from the service in the next 60 days are exempt from the new DoD travel restrictions.

This decision comes in the wake of President Trump’s ban on travel from Europe for 30 days — U.S. citizens are exempted from this measure but will have to be tested upon arrival.