CLOSE U.S. Army leaders said Thursday that two field hospitals are on their way to New York City and will be able to begin treating patients at the Javits Center on Monday. (March 26) AP DomesticWASHINGTON – The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the routines of the Army – an institution that thrives on them – from the raw recruit to the top rungs, the top civilian and military officials told USA TODAY on Tuesday.Out: mass formations of soldiers in combat training.In: Individual rifle work.Out: Military brass huddled around Pentagon conference tables.In: Zoom meetings.”It’s been an extraordinary moment in our history because of the tenuous balance of being able to perform missions to support national objectives, but really protecting the force,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a video interview. “Because if we don’t have a healthy force, we can’t help the nation. We can’t defend the nation.”McCarthy – joined six feet away (measured by arms length-plus) by Gen. James McConville, the Army chief of staff – outlined Army efforts to keep privates and generals healthy, aid stricken cities and states, and ease the strain on troops and their families. The Army had 523 cases of coronavirus among soldiers, their families and civilian workers as of Tuesday morning. Of those cases, 212

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