The Army Physical Disability Agency has published a memorandum modifying the standard used in determining placement on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL). You can download the entire memo here: Medical Principles: Presumption of Soundness - Downloads - Physical Evaluation Board Forum . Though the memorandum clearly states that a member will be permanently retired unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the members condition is likely to change over the next five years, I believe that there is a confusing and possibly erroneous explanation of this policy contained in the guidance. The relevant portions are excerpted here: "Part II: Placement on the TDRL There are two types of PDES cases. The first type is the “legacy” case. In this type of case, the PEB assigns the disability rating. The second type of PDES cases is the “DES Pilot case” or other cases where the VA assigns the...
I wanted to take a moment to note the anniversary and "birthday" of the PEB Forum!!! I am so happy and proud that we have been here for 12 years and have (as of this post) more than 83,000 members. Because we don't require registration to view the forums, you know that we have helped way more folks than the 83k number. Thanks to everyone who has participated in this community. I look forward to many more years here and thank everyone for their interest and participation!!
Please note that the VA has been updating the VASRD. Currently, the VA has updated the schedule for the following conditions with criteria that are not updated in this forum: Hemic and Lymphatic systems, Dental and oral conditions, Conditions related to the endocrine system, Gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast Diseases of the eye, Skin conditions. I am working on updating the VASRD listings on the forum. In the meantime, you can find the most recent ratings here:
The Department of Defense recently updated the timelines for processing of IDES cases. The resource for DoD Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM)-18-004 – “Revised Timeliness Goals for the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)," can be found here: https://www.pebforum.com/resources/directive-type-memorandum-dtm-18-004-revised-timeliness-goals-for-the-ides.100/ I intend to post a detailed timeline at each phase in the future. For now, know that the overall processing of IDES cases should be processed faster (from 295 days to 230 days- basically, two months faster). Note the effective date is July 30, 2018.
Just a heads up on a few tidbits of information that may be of interest to folks! First, the Army is apparently consolidating the PEB sites to San Antonio (Joint Base San Antonio-Sam Houston). I have heard from two sources that the Army is moving all PEB operations to JBSA San Antonio. This includes the Army Physical Disability Agency. Next, it is my understanding that the Coast Guard is working on a separate agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement an "IDES-like" system, where the Coastie will be rated by the VA for any conditions found unfitting by the Coast Guard. This is technically not the IDES, but the end result is supposed to be the same.