Virus takes toll on US military as it tries to aid civilians

The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse. (MGN)
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WASHINGTON (AP) The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse.

From nuclear missile fields at home to war zones abroad, from flight lines to ships at sea, the Pentagon is striving to shield vital missions even as it fills gaps on the civilian medical front.

No troops have died from the virus, but training exercises are being curtailed or canceled and Army recruiting stations have closed.

Troops around the globe are hunkering down to confront an enemy unlike anything the world's most lethal armed forces have encountered before.