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Military Aid to Civil Authorities: The COVID Support Force

To support the UK’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak, up to 20,000 troops have been earmarked to help, when requested

Ministry of Defence
Mar 19 · 3 min read

At times of crisis, the Government often calls upon the military to contribute to the national response due to their specialist skill-set and equipment. This is called Military Aid to Civil Authorities or MACA.

As the Government and nation responds to the Coronavirus outbreak, behind the scenes a team of military planners from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force have been embedded within Government departments to offer expert advice.

So far, the military has also assisted with bringing British citizens home from affected areas around the world such as China and Japan.

Royal Air Force Police dog handler alongside repatriation flight of Brits from China.

Going forward, the UK Armed Forces has put an additional 10,000 military personnel at a higher level of readiness. Earmarked for their specialist skills, these troops will be trained and ready to deploy around the country to support public services if the government asks them to.

  • 150 military personnel could support the NHS by driving oxygen tankers, they will begin training on Monday and embed if required.
The UK Armed Forces have a wide range of skills and equipment useful to Government at a time of crisis.

There are well rehearsed systems in place for the military to provide support to civil authorities when required — most recently soldiers have helped build flood defences in the north of the country.

The departments of state are front and centre of the Government’s response to this crisis and the UK Armed Forces stand ready to support in a variety of roles when called upon to do so.

Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are currently deployed overseas tackling terrorism, maintaining peace and ensuring the safety of the UK — they will continue to maintain their obligations to these operations around the world at this time.

Find out where else the UK Armed Forces are deployed here:

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