Physical Evaluation Board System Overview

An overview of the Physical Disability Evaluation System, including the MEB and PEB. Also, important decisions at each stage of the PDES, benefits, continuation on active duty/active reserve ( COAD / COAR ), the eight year rule, and more.

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Here is a link to the DFAS section that deals with retired pay: http://www.dfas.mil/retiredpay.html
Here is a link on expedited claims processing for servicemembers disabled on active duty: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors/ . Eligibility is limited to those who became disabled after 1 October 2001.
Hey guys, I've been through the whole process and got my med discharge, got through the VA claims process with a surprising amount of ease. My situation was straightforward: I was hit by a car overseas and knew I wouldn't be able to do my job or meet physical standards. However, my shipmate wants to know the difference between getting a medical discharge and just finishing out his enlistment. He has a back problem that's causing him to consider the med board route. One example of the...
AR 635-40, para 3-2, states, "Presumptions The following presumptions will apply to physical disability evaluation: a. Before and during active service. (1) A Soldier was in sound physical and mental condition upon entering active service except for physical disabilities noted and recorded at the time of entry. (2) Any disease or injury discovered after a Soldier entered active service, with the exception of congenital and hereditary conditions, was not due to the Soldier’s intentional...
This report is a few years old but it has some good information: https://www.denix.osd.mil/denix/Public/Library/Atlas/atlas.html
Statement of Senator Levin: http://www.senate.gov/~levin/newsroom/release.cfm?id=278885 Text of Senate Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1606 Text of the House Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-1538 This bill was passed by the House of Representatives on March 28, 2007.
http://www.dfas.mil/retiredpay/retiredpaycap.html Notice that disability retired pay is still capped at 75%. This should not change any decisions for Chapter 61 retirees over twenty years of service as they still get the better of the two amounts (retired rating percentage of pay vs Length of Service percentage of pay). It applies to retirees who retired after December 31, 2006. Here is the text of the law: SEC. 642. INAPPLICABILITY OF RETIRED PAY MULTIPLIER MAXIMUM PERCENTAGE TO...
Folks, When we start talking about MEB/PEB about various injuries we seem to always overlook one huge thing and it is critical that it is attended to. When you receive an injury that is from some form of violence, you could very well develop some level of PTSD. Here's a link to information about PTSD. www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/understanding-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms It is very difficult for us to admit to ourselves that there may just be something psychologically...
Here are two sample memos, one for COAD and the other for COAR. Chapter 6, AR 635-40 covers this topic in detail. The eligibility criteria for continuation in either component is covered in paragraph 2 of both memos. Basically, it is more than 15, less than 20 yrs of service, or qualification in a shortage MOS, or disability as a result of combat or act of terrorism.
I found this interesting link for SOCOM servicemembers. It has links to service specific information applicable to non-SOCOM servicemembers as well. http://www.socom.mil/care_coalition/home.htm
This thread is devoted to the relationship between PDES and VA benefits. It includes special areas such as Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP), Combat Special Compensation and Taxation of Benefits.
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06362.pdf
If you have the time and the interest, check out these reports from RAND. Not light reading, but there are some interesting insights. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1228/ http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG369/
Help Hello, I'm a 26 year old female that has been having chronic ab pain since Aug 2005, I've been thru the tricare referral process and the off base specialist stated I needed a "Gastric Pacemaker" and has the test, lab results etc to prove this... So now, I found out that the base "SGH" denied the procedure stating that it is still "experimental" and that it cost to much for tricare he then informed me that he us going to start a MEB on me to have me medically discharged. Help, I've...
http://www.defenselink.mil/prhome/docs/rand_disability_1005.pdf
This thread is all about the various administrative rules in arriving at a rating.
The JAG Corps has recently mobilized 18 Reserve attorneys and paralegals to augment the Soldiers' Counsel at the PEB. This should have a large impact. Historically, the Soldiers' Counsel at the PEB were typically drawn from the Legal Assistance Office of the servicing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. In my opinion, in the past there were many problems with the administration of providing legal advice. For example, at Fort Sam Houston, there are NO permanent paragraph and line number...
A recent directive memo from the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) concerning DES. Of note, there are new training requirememnts for working in the DES. The two positions that concern me the most are the attorneys and the PEBLOs. I know the Army is working on developing a training package, with testing, and a distance learning (web based) for the PEBLOs. As far as the attorneys, two weeks ago the Army held a seminar at Walter Reed to train attorneys. This was the first...
This thread is for discussing the rules regarding conditions that Existed Prior to Service. Included here are discussions of Natural Progression and Service Aggravation.
This thread is for discussing the different dispositions at the PEB, the benefits for each and special considerations.
Attached are the DODI's concerning the PDES. Be aware that there are some out of date materials, including the Table of Analagous Codes in DODI 1332.39.
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