Deployed, Active Duty Get Priority Testing for COVID-19

Medics with the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard conduct training with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure proper protection and administering of drive thru testing, March 18, 2020 in New Orleans. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. John Meche)

Tier-1 military personnel will receive priority coronavirus testing, according to the Pentagon. 

Military Tier-1 groups include deployed active-duty and Reserve health care personnel. Troops involved with America’s nuclear deterrent effort and new recruits will also be moved to the head of the line. 

Officials at the Pentagon briefing said that the top priority testing should be completed by the end of April.

Tier 1 involves personnel involved in critical national capabilities, such as nuclear deterrence, said Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said testing for Tier 1 should be completed in May. Tier 2 will test fielded forces around the world. Tier 3 is for forces forward-deployed or those redeploying. Tier 4 is for all other forces.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the four-tier testing plan.

Members of the Florida National Guard run practice testing lanes in preparation for the response to the COVID-19 virus, March 18, 2020. (Sgt. Leia Tascarini/Army)

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