Military pay would likely not be affected in a threatened partial government shutdown on Dec. 21.
The Army has a message for its retirees: Uncle Sam wants you to help fight the novel coronavirus.
The new ban affected some 90,000 troops.
The $330 billion COVID-19 appropriations bill also includes money for the Defense Department and health-related agencies.
The Navy has about a third of the military’s coronavirus patients.
A doctoral candidate is the only active-duty service member on the Army team developing a potential vaccine.