VICENZA, Italy — American troops continue to be quarantined after returning from missions to aid the Ebola crisis in Liberia and will be charged a day of leave for each day of “controlled monitoring,” Army officials confirmed Monday.
The move is in response to troops lounging around their barracks not doing anything but taking their own temperature, exercising basic sanitation protocols, and washing cigarette butts through chlorine washes.
According to the commander of U.S. Army forces in Africa, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, quarantined troops have had good morale with internet access and phones, Williams told reporters, a situation that simply wasn’t an acceptable climate for soldiers to be monitored in.
“In order to reinforce traditional Army values we retroactively began to charge soldiers leave days while they are being monitored,” said Williams. “The Sergeant Major nearly had an aneurism when he found out they were sitting around all day not doing anything. They can’t just be having fun like it’s some kind of frat house hosting Halo tournaments, and daily pizza parties. We had to react appropriately.”