Pentagon refuses to save civilians from coronavirus

The US military said it would not be able to provide assistance to civilian authorities in the fight against coronavirus due to a lack of necessary resources.

According to the assistant secretary of defense for public relations Jonathan Rat Hoffman, cited by the Pentagon press service, the ministry has only 36 hospitals on its balance sheet and 30-50 times fewer hospital beds than private hospitals.

In unison with Hoffman, the chief surgeon of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Paul Fredericks, spoke out. He explained that those hospital places that the ministry has are designed for "immediate military needs."

Among the arguments mentioned by the press secretary of the military department, it was also said that military doctors are more specialized in wounds and injuries, and in military hospitals they deal mainly with the young contingent.

According to him, the Pentagon has field tent hospitals, but they are intended, first of all, for treating the wounded in military operations and for humanitarian operations.

Hoffman recalled that the Pentagon is helping the Ministry of Health quarantine people suspected of having a coronavirus, hinting that this is not entirely within the competence of the military.

Thus, ordinary Americans are unlikely to rely on the help of the army if the epidemic is completely out of control.
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  1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 18 March 2020 15: 47
    And why it refuses, they clearly explained that there are no resources and army medicine is not intended for this. What questions?
  2. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 18 March 2020 19: 41
    According to media reports, the States have 985 thousand beds in the civilian sector. If the army is 30-50 times smaller, then we divide one into another and are surprised. That is, the army has only 20-30 thousand beds. With a population of 1,2 million people (if I'm not mistaken). And if the virus spreads to the army, what then?
    In the end, the armies of both NATO and the USSR were preparing to use WMD. And to those, in addition to nuclear, applies both chemical and bacteriological. In any case, have we been taught this way?
    But personally it does not bother me at all. It can’t - it means it can’t. All the better...
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 March 2020 08: 22
      Well, it's nice that it does not touch. Probably they know better. By the way, he once again says that no one is going to fight. And what you were taught, most likely to be forgotten, is the main question, are they teaching right now?
      1. Bakht Offline Bakht
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 19 March 2020 08: 39
        What I was taught helps me live. If someone is disturbed by his education, then this also does not bother me much.
        If no one is going to fight, then almost a trillion dollars a year to the Pentagon suggests otherwise.
        1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 March 2020 08: 51
          Yes, they’re probably just afraid of us.
          1. Bakht Offline Bakht
            Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 19 March 2020 09: 10
            Really? Carrier strike groups are purely offensive weapons. Placing bases near the border of the USSR and Russia is probably out of fear. Missile defense systems, which, it turns out, are designed to deploy cruise missiles (that’s a surprise), are out of fear. Who should be afraid of whom?
            Do not make me laugh with such statements.
  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 March 2020 07: 13
    The main thing is to brand. And there even though the grass does not grow ...
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 19 March 2020 08: 44
    But HOLLYWOOD saves the whole WORLD from them. HOLIDAYS !! (the most censored word)
  5. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 19 March 2020 09: 17
    The head of the US Department of Defense said that the situation in the US Armed Forces has become very serious due to the beginning of the spread of coronavirus among US troops. According to Mark Esper, and this was two days ago, the number of patients with coronavirus infection COVID-19 was 36 people, while according to media reports, over the past 48 hours, the number of infected has exceeded 100 people, and thousands of US troops are potential carriers of the virus due to contact with the infected.

    In addition to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection among US forces, the situation is very acute in the US Department of Defense. So, according to a number of data, we are talking about more than 40 cases of coronavirus infection among representatives of the US defense department.

    “Given the lack of effective countermeasures and preventive measures, by the end of the week, the COVID-19 coronavirus can“ mow ”up to 500 troops in the US Army, not to mention contacts at the next level.

    60 years have been preparing to fight with the USSR (Russia), and as soon as a dozen people sneeze - and "the most powerful army in the world" is already blown away.
  6. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 19 March 2020 09: 37
    To close this discussion.
    Since what I was taught did not lose relevance, I’ll explain how I see the situation with the Pentagon’s refusal.

    For starters, a simple example. In 1981, I went, as a young specialist, to hell in the desert horns to work as an engineer for 120 rubles a month. This is still good. Some were taken by technicians with a salary of 105 rubles. Then my classmates, who graduated from military schools, went to serve in the same desert as lieutenants with a salary of 250 rubles and everything was ready. Honestly, after the training camp, they also suggested that I go for a joint platoon, but for various reasons I refused.

    The question is simple. Why did they pay that kind of money in the army? And why does the army exist? The army is needed to protect YOUR citizens from danger. No matter what: military, natural disasters or alien invasion. The army (soldiers and officers) must sacrifice themselves to save civilians. Chernobyl will not let lie.

    What do we see now? The Pentagon (that is, the US Army) refuses to save its citizens from the disease. And if the soldiers are told that they must die for their citizens? I personally see a huge degradation of morality in the US Army. Perhaps not at all. But the leadership is certain. And the complete inability of the US Armed Forces to defend their citizens.
  7. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 March 2020 15: 16
    On March 17, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced the imminent deployment of hospital ships in US ports. The next day, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) would soon arrive in New York Bay and join the fight against the current epidemic. The governor noted that a vessel with special potential will significantly improve the capabilities of local medicine.