Armed Forces News

Bethesda, Md., March 2020: Hospitalman Recruit Andrew Silva and Hospitalman Recruit Mildred Cantu, both assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center check a patient’s vitals as part of the COVID-19 screening process. (U.S. Navy photo by Ricardo J. Reyes/Released).

The Navy’s policies related to COVID-19 largely reflect those issued by Defense Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Government-funded travel is barred or significantly restricted, except in cases where movement is mission-essential, warranted due to hardship, or necessary for humanitarian reasons.

The Navy addressed sailors’ questions about travel allowances for eligible family members who are returning to CONUS from overseas locations. Such travel is authorized in instances where their presence overseas would pose a greater risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. Per diem, escort and household goods allowances generally remain in effect.


Transport of privately owned vehicles to safe havens is not. Transportation of up to two pets is permitted. Sailors with command-sponsored dependents who are evacuated can continue to receive authorized housing allowances as long as they continue to maintain private-sector housing, for as long as they are receiving evacuation allowances.

Family separation allowances (FSA) are authorized in cases when a dependent departs an overseas duty station at government expense because of evacuation. The allowance would begin on the 31st day of the dependent’s departure from the permanent duty station.

Sailors are advised to keep all receipts and records relating to evacuation.

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