It may not be by their design alone. But, it does help the process as it is a part of IDES as a collaborative effort to both benefit the thousands of service members and the IDES personnel involved - not insinuating that I'm trying to take away from our livelihood's importance or an indifference to your opinion.
I agree with you on the shortfalls and the stressors. I am not savvy on the legal/administrative workloads that all transpire and I can't help but have an empathetic approach towards the PEB personnel - not all and this isn't being naïve - I can't imagine having that large of a workload and the stress that's involved for the people who have no control over the choices that have been made.
I understand no one likes unpredictability - especially us - were are in limbo state and it's not reassuring being at the mercy of a design that has failed due to manpower negligence. I don't understand why it happened the way it did and I'll probably never know.
Yes they need your proposed VA ratings when determining DoD Disability on unfitting conditions. But that's really it when it comes to dependency between the two.
But what I'm pointing out is the IPEB is taking ridiculously longer than the VA. There are very few things in this world that can say they are slower than the VA.
DoDM 1332.18 vol.2
"2. IPEB PROCEDURES. The IPEB members must:
a. Within 15 days of receiving the complete and correct MEB case file from the PEB administrator, adjudicate the Service member’s case and forward the findings and recommendations to the PEB administration staff.
b. Within 15 days of receiving proposed disability ratings from the D-RAS, apply the ratings using the diagnostic code(s) provided by the D-RAS to the Service member’s unfitting conditions and publish the disposition recommendation. For example, if the PEB identifies a condition to the D-RAS as schizophreniform disorder, but the D-RAS rates the condition as psychotic disorder not otherwise specified (VASRD 9210), then the PEB will apply the rating as “schizophreniform disorder rated as psychotic disorder not otherwise specified (VASRD 9210).”
c. Evaluate the Service member’s request for FPEB. If a Service member requests an FPEB when the decision of the IPEB is fit for all conditions, then the PEB President or FPEB (or as specified by Military Department regulations) may, but is not required to, grant the Service member’s request. If the request is granted, the PEB administrator prepares the case for an FPEB."
This is an assumption but I would find it very hard to believe that whenever that DoDM was written that they didn't ask the president of the board how long a IPEB should take or gotten some kind of recommendation on timelines that are achievable. But going off this I admit that I am also not savvy on the legal/admin work the board has to go through. I have no issues with the personnel there currently because they likely just fell into a bad situation created by their predecessors. BUT I do find issues with letting the issue metastasize into what we have today where thousands of individuals and their families are being affected by the shortfalls of one command. I also have little sympathy for 05/06s making north of 10k a month between just base pay and BAH complaining about workload. Like I said if I was months behind on work my RS and RO would have me working day and night and I would still get the worst FITREP possible. I guarantee there hasn't been a unsat performance evaluation for anybody who has contributed to the current problem. (not saying people should get unsat evals if they inherited the issue).
It is unacceptable for Marines and Sailors already going through difficulties in life due to whatever they are being referred for to have this as an added stressor. The fact that we have an uphill battle just for information on our cases is unbelievable. If I went into a meeting with my commander and he inquired the status of something under my charge and I told him "I don't know" or "you'll know when I know" and didn't have any status or expected timelines on when id get that information to him I'd be stripping down to boots and utes to go cut the grass for the rest of my time at the unit.