first published on April 15, 2020 by Will
The US Army sent out 800,000 emails to former soldiers with relevant medical training in hopes of recruiting them back into service for the COVID-19 response.
Approximately 25,000 of those vets have heeded the call and volunteered to return to duty in hopes of making a difference in the fight against the new coronavirus. The Army is still looking for more volunteers, and have now expanded their pool of possible recruits to those not in medical fields and even those that served in branches other than the Army.
Those volunteers that pass vetting and are accepted will work alongside Reserve personnel at various testing, treatment, and logistics posts across the nation. It’s not clear at this time how long the service obligation will last or how many the Army plans on mobilizing in total.
The following video filmed by SGT Tim Andrews shows South Carolina National Guard medical personnel conducting pre-screening to freshly activated U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers.