@grizz13 Not misinformed, I'm legacy as is the entire Coast Guard. None of us going through the PDES process see the VA until after we're out. It's a rush even to do BDD, since we normally only get 60 days until out date, not processing date; actual retirement/separation date, from the time orders hit the board and the VA requires a firm date to begin BDD.
That I did not know, I agree with Mike that it is BS.Not sure . . . The Coast Guard is not under DOD until a war or national emergency. Otherwise they're under Homeland Security (formally under Department of Transportation and before that the Treasury). So the DOD implementation of the IDES may not apply to the Coast Guard.
Thanks for the link. That gives me somewhere to start since most of our Instructions on the Medical side reference DOD Instructions, but I'm still looking for what caused SECDEF to issue this. IE. Did DOD implement this on their own, or were they instructed to do so by Congress.The attached DTM was issued as a directive to the military departments.
Military Departments are the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy http://www.defense.gov/pubs/almanac/mil_depts.html
Does the USCG have the 2008 requirement to rate per the VARSD? I know this has always been the law (at least from the late 40's) but were they included when Congress reemphasized the requirement in 2008?