I am an AD E6 stationed in Kings Bay GA. I currently hold the position of LIMDU coordinator for my command. We have a 29.5 year Mater Chief who currently has a PEB dictated for a neurological problem that has pretty much incapacitated him for the last year. He is deaf without his hearing aid and is in a wheel chair. He has some other idiopathic diagnoses and the meds he has been taking for a year now aren't helping. I was told by our personnel department, med boards office, BUPERS, and D.C. not to pursue a PEB because he was so close to HYT that they would just find him fit to retire and send him on his way. Myself and the member feel that if he has a disability (not preexisting) then the Navy should recognize that disability commensurate with his 29.5 years of service. If anyone is UNFIT, it's this guy. It's really sad because he is a god-like figure in this area and would give you the shirt off his back. He's a pretty big guy so that shirt covers alot of people. We also intend to appeal if he is found fit. Either way he is out in APR 09. I read your blob on Fit vs Unfit and it explained alot. I think it is the reason the med boards office told him the PEB was for young people not old salts. Do you think we are fighting a loosing battle? I am writing his NMA tonight and submitting it through my COC for chop. Any more key words and tricky phrases?