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TheView attachment 6206 Department of the Navy has updated its previous DES regulation, SECNAVINST 1850.4E, to a new and shorter version (SECNAVINST 1850.4F). The updated regulation references this Manual which is a completely new issuance.
Jason Perry submitted a new resource: SECNAVINST 1850.4F - DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY DISABILITY EVALUATION SYSTEM Regulation
The DoN has changed its DES regulations (effective 27 JUN 2019). This regulation supersedes the previous SECNAVINST 1850.4E. It is much shorter than the previous version, however, there is an additional new regulation, SECNAV M-1850.1 (September 2019), which covers many important issues and provides detailed guidance. (I will post that resource separately).
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/...04-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.