For the majority of Americans wondering when this socially distanced dystopian nightmare of '6 feet apart' and 'wear a mask!' and 'mandatory hand sanitizer' will finally be over, the Pentagon has just given serious cause for concern. When will it all end?
Perhaps leading the way as an example of where we all might be headed as a country, the United States Army has strongly hinted that it's looking to make its coronavirus protective measures permanent.
This according to alarming statements reported by the military site Defense News:
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the defense industry began adjusting its facilities to avoid major outbreaks that could shut down production lines for days or weeks at a time. And now that those changes are in place, the U.S. Army’s top acquisition official thinks they should remain so for good.
Speaking to reporters during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference, Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said he sees long-term benefits from maintaining the kind of social distancing protective measures put in place across industry.
The DoD has observed a significant drop in cases of the common cold, viral infections, and the flu - and expects this will last so long as troops practice a distancing regimen.
Jette's comments and predictions of what might come sound downright dystopian and inhuman in terms of the holistic well-being of American troops.
“I don’t know that I would ever say it’s totally back to normal," Jette was quoted as saying. “I don’t see us backing off of using these same techniques on a contouring basis, even as the vaccine continues to mature."
This senior Army official is essentially saying that even if an effective vaccine is developed there's no returning to normal.
“I would say we don’t back off of the COVID-19 standards because it will also reduce the impact of flu and other illnesses," he added. "We think continuing to apply these same techniques would be further beneficial to the people and to the Army overall.”
Consider this: should the Army and eventually the entire DoD implement "permanent" social distancing measures, which would at the very least mean for years to come, that would put the entirety of American society a mere stone's throw away from being forced to do the same.
In a sense, US armed forces might be the 'canary in the coal mine' in this case, revealing where we're all headed and what might be forced on the already weary American people, who overwhelmingly are ready to truly return to normal.