Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM)-18-004 – “Revised Timeliness Goals for the IDES"

Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM)-18-004 – “Revised Timeliness Goals for the IDES" 2018-09-13

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This DOD Directive Type Memo (DTM) updates the guidelines for time processing of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System.

(The DTM is stated as "DTM 18-004;" This seems like a new naming convention for DTM issuances. I have to think this is based on "18" being the year and, perhaps, "004" being the sequential issuance.)

Overall, this is memo states a faster timeline for adjudication of cases. The original DoD Manual 1332.18, Volume 2, dated August 5, 2014 stated an overall goal of IDES case processing as follows:

"a. Overall IDES Process. The goal is for DoD and VA to complete 80 percent of cases of AC Service members in no more than 295 days from the date of referral to the IDES to the date of return to duty or notification of the VA benefits decision."

This issuance puts the total processing goal for 80% of cases as 230 days. This is accomplished by shaving time off at almost each level of the process.
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