Gary Brito: The Army’smission will not stop. We’re gonna continue to trainwithin some limitations. This is very hard. I’m just gonna lay it out, this is hard. Hard in that we’re also gonna continueto train our mission. Narrator: The COVID-19 crisishas already made an impacton training at the US Army’sManeuver Center of Excellenceinside the Fort Benning military base. New medical screenings and protocolsare changing the way basictraining is conducted. Every year about 69,000soldiers arrive at Fort Benning,where future infantry and armor soldiersgo through basic combat training. The footage of training in this videowas shot when we visited FortBenning in February of 2020,before training wasimpacted by the crisis. As of March 28th,six confirmed cases of COVID-19have been connected to Fort Benning. According to the Army,the patients were not partof training operations. On March 24, Fort Benning’scommanding generalgave updates and answered questionsin a town hall broadcast on Facebook Live. For the moms and dads that are out thereand all the loved ones across America,we do not have any positive COVID-19 casesin the training base right now. Now I’m not gonna be naive andsay that it may not happen,but we’ll continue to screen,we’ll continue to offerthe best protectionand mitigation measures that we canfor all of our soldiers. Narrator: Every week, hundredsof new recruits arrivefrom all over the countryto begin their One Station Unit Training,usually on buses like this one. According to Major General Gary Brito,new recruits will still bereceived amid the pandemic. Brito: At this point we’ll also continueto receive futuresoldiers, although perhapsin some smaller numbers overthe next couple of months. Narrator: According to Brito,incoming recruits gettheir temperature takenbefore they board the vehiclethat takes them to Fort Benningand they’re asked questionsabout where they’ve recently beenand if they’re feeling any symptoms. Brito: We can make the callwhen a person shows upand they may be comingfrom one of those statesthat is heavily hit likeNew York State at this timeand move he or she directlyto a safe quarantine locationto ensure that we minimize therisk of any COVID-19 spreads. Narrator: As for the thousands of recruitscurrently training at Fort Benning,training will continue,albeit with some limitations. Brito: As you well know,we’re gonna continue our training,there’s a lot of measuresin place to assist usin social distancing,managing physical distanceand the simple risks that oursoldiers may be opened up to. Narrator: As you can seefrom this footage shot in February,some of the trainingrequires physical contact,but because of the new health risks,recruits are being ordered to incorporatea so-called physical dispersionof at least 40 inches,which is a bit more thanthree feet between themselvesand other recruits. According to Fort Benning,training like you see hereknown as combatives, whichrequires physical contact,has been temporarily suspended. And for training like military operationsin urban terrain, or MOUT,instructors are ordering recruitsto incorporate socialdistancing as much as possible. Brito: The commanders andcommand sergeant majorsare empowered to keep thesoldiers physically fit,keeping in mind, the dispersionand the group stuff just needs to stop. That is something that’ll continue,we’ll have to continue to monitorand stop people if they’redoing the wrong thing. Narrator: Perhaps the biggest impactis what happens to thesoldiers after they graduate. All visitors are prohibitedfrom attending graduation ceremonies,which typically happen everyweek and the future timelinesfor graduates ready to jointhe Army remains unclear. Brito: As of nowthey will remain here at Fort Benning,and we’re working with the Armythrough Department of Defense policieson how and when they will beshipped to their gaining unit. I cannot put a timeline on that now. Narrator: According toMajor General Brito,there is no shortage ofspace at Fort Benningto house the graduateswho, for now, cannot leave. Brito: And so far it’s going well for us. But I don’t wanna be naive enoughto say that the threatwas not gonna continue. And we’ll mitigate andtreat it the best we canand make the prudent decisionsto protect our force,family members, civiliansand soldiers includedof all ranks, the best we can as well.