Good morning, ATS!
I have (obviously) been following the news, and was tempted to post yet another thread about the virus that emphasized my own area of expertise,
Emergency and Disaster Response. I have instead decided that it is time to insert some facts into the conversation regarding the military and its
responsibilities, capabilities and make-up as it corresponds to disaster response. I am a firm believer in having open and honest conversations, and
although I don't really trust anyone whole-cloth, I do know when I am being lied to- so let's open up a question and answer session with the emphasis
on dispelling some commonly held myths and misconceptions!
Myth #1- The military has secret facilities held in reserve to deal with instances of outbreak, etc.
Ummmm... not so much. Unlike what the movies have shown you, the CDC
is not an
organization that has thousands of "go" teams ready to respond to epidemics, etc., at the drop of a hat. It is an organization that has emphasized
executive organization in order to coordinate assets to respond to outbreaks, as well as to coordinate pre-disaster planning and research. It is a
paper-pushing organization with EXCELLENT people and labs under their administrative control.
Similarly, the active military does NOT have gobs of resources just stockpiled and awaiting mobilization. Sure, we can activate
USN Comfort and
The Pentagon is starting the process of activating Navy hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) as part of the
Defense Department’s domestic response to the spreading COVID-19 virus, USNI News has learned.
But this is not for treating the sick, it is for
freeing up hospital space (transferring trauma patients) for Covid-19 related issues. There is no secret
for that meteor hurtling towards earth, and there are no super scientists
for their moment to shine, just humans who will work harder to deal with challenges in the best way they know how, focusing as directed.
Myth # 2- The military will be sent into the streets, and will enforce martial law
Okay... this is partially true. First, we are talking about the
Reserves, and definitely not Active Duty military. What you will see are components of the National Guard activating to provide services and equipment
(as needed) to the states in which they belong. Medical personnel should be a last resort, as guess what? These people are medical personnel in the
real world, and activating them would drain resources from other sources! As for activating MPs or Infantry to provide crowd control, etc.? These are
your friends and neighbors, and they don't want to arrest you (where will they put you?), nor do they want to shoot you. They would only act to
support police and Sheriff resources, and would most likely be unarmed, or at least not under arms. (BTW, this would be last resort. Seriously.)
Myth #3- The military is hiding/hoarding resources
Partially true again! Do you want single ply toilet paper? I'd prefer a bidet, but sure, we got that! Want some dehydrated potatoes? I'm warning you,
M.R.E.s will eliminate the need for toilet paper. Heck,
we don't even have nice places for our own
isolated people to stay.
But we are
able to tell our people what to do, no matter what (it's in the contract), an aside from that we are
just as limited as you are!
There are plenty of other myths out there, but I thought these would be a great place to start. Feel free to chime in, and remember to wash your
Side note- does anyone else feel like the term "social distancing" is a new way to end a relationship? Face it, if you can't be in quarantine with
someone, you probably shouldn't be touching their mouth hole with yours.
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ThouArtGod because: edit to change "mouth holes" to "mouth hole". I'm not sure what species has "mouth holes", plural, but I can assure you that you
should avoid them.
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