Around 2,500 Special Forces candidates are continuing their training at Fort Bragg despite the coronavirus pandemic. While the Army’s basic training has stopped taking new recruits, an announcement noted that Special Forces, civil affairs, and psychological operations assessment and selection are considered essential. “We are trying to balance the readiness of our future force with our current readiness,” commented Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson. U.S. Army Special Operations Command has noted that they will continue to provide an elite force that is prepared to deploy if necessary. Certain course such as diving school have been cancelled since they are considered mission enhancement courses and not essential.