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DOD Medical Officials Outline COVID-19 Testing Approach > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

WASHINGTON — Though the rate of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among those in uniform is lower than that of the nation’s civilian population, the most junior service members have a slightly higher rate than that of their civilian counterparts, the medical advisor to the Defense Department’s coronavirus task force said.

“From a data standpoint, after adjusting for the age of our force, the confirmed case rate in our active duty service members remain slightly lower than the U.S. average in all age groups except those aged 18 to 24 years old,” Air Force Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs said at a Pentagon news conference today.

Department leaders, Friedrichs said, believe the slightly higher rate among the youngest service members is due in large part to more testing done within the military — for example, the services test service members at the entry to basic training and at the end of basic training.

“We think that this is a reflection of our commitment…

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