Pentagon officials have announced a domestic travel ban for troops, their families, and civilian personnel starting today. The domestic travel ban is designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and is currently effective till May 11th. Troops will only be granted local leave and must be prepared for a call back. “These restrictions are necessary to preserve force readiness, limit the continuing spread of the virus, and preserve the health and welfare of service members, DoD civilian employees, their families and the local communities where in which we live,” stated the memo. Those who are close to retiring or separating from the military are exempt from the travel ban.