Last week, President Trump activated the National Guards of California, New York and Washington in support of the coronavirus pandemic relief effort. Trump used the authority under Title 32, which means the federal government will pick up the bill while governors retain operational control.By March 26, governors from the other 47 states and all four U.S. territories had also called up National Guard members under their control using state funds, bringing the total of National Guard personnel involved in the covid-19 response to nearly 12,000, in addition to thousands more active duty personnel and reservists.These mobilizations prompted a number of rumors and conspiracy theories. Some claimed the military was preparing to institute massive shelter-in-place quarantines and enforce curfews throughout the country. Others implied that the military was planning to institute martial law, where it would assume responsibility for governance in place of incapacitated civilian leaders.Both these scenarios are highly unlikely. But the U.S. military is likely to play a large supporting role in the pandemic response, just as it has during other domestic crises. Here’s how.The military’s role is likely to growSecretary of Defense Mark Esper has stated that the Department of Defense wants “to be the last resort” in


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