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Department of Defense Policy

These resources include DoD directives, instruction and guidance for disability evaluation, transition assistance and care coordination.

Disability Evaluation System

DoD Directive 1332.18, "Disability Evaluation System (DES)," August 5, 2014 This Directive Establishes policy for processing Active and Reserve component members who have conditions that are cause for referral for physical disability evaluation.

DoD Instruction 1332.38, "Physical Disability Evaluation," November 14, 1996 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for: retiring or separating Service members because of physical disability, making administrative determinations for Service members with Service-incurred or Service aggravated conditions, and authorizing a fitness determination for members of the Ready Reserve who are ineligible for benefits because the condition is unrelated to military status and duty.

DoD Instruction 6040.44, "Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)," July 2, 2015 This Instruction: Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides instructions for PDBR operation and management, establishes the PDBR within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and designates the Department of the Air Force as the Lead DoD Component for the establishment, operation, and management of the PDBR for the Department of Defense.

Transition Assistance Program Policy

DoD Directive 1332.35, "Transition Assistance for Military Personnel," December 9, 1993 This Directive describes responsibilities for transition assistance programs for active duty military personnel and their families and directs the services to provide separating service members and their families with the skills, tools, and self-confidence necessary to ensure successful reentry into the civilian workforce. Employment assistance is included as one of the required components of transition services.

DoD Instruction 1332.36, "Pre-separation Counseling for Military Personnel," February 14, 1994, Incorporating through Change 2, March 10, 1995 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for Transition Assistance Program Counselors to ensure separating service members are afforded the opportunity to receive preseparation counseling and use transition assistance programs.

DoD Instruction 1332.37, "Program to Encourage Public and Community Service Employment," June 29, 1994, Incorporating Change 1, August 5, 1994 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures to encourage and assist separating Service members, Service members retiring with 20 or more years of service, DoD civilian personnel leaving the Government, and spouses to enter public and community service employment. This Instruction also Encourages and assists Service members requesting retirement with fewer than 20 years of service to register for public and community service employment.

Care Coordination

DoD Instruction 1300.24, "Recovery Coordination Program (RCP)," December 1, 2009 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes uniform guidelines, procedures, and standards for improvements to the care, management, and transition of recovering Service members (RSMs) across the Military Departments, and establishes the RCP evaluation process to provide for a coordinated review of the policies, procedures, and issues of the program.


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