Posted on Feb 26, 2020
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I want to request for Med Board process for asthma that I have and get discharge.So whats the typical duration for MEB and does it all depends on company commander and my leadership to have the process done fast?
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You are not allowed to request a med board, your provider must determine that you are unable to serve because of your disability. At your rank and time in service, you would probably be found as having no service connected disability and receive 0%disability rating. That means they would determine that you had the asthma prior to joining the Army, it just never presented itself till you joined.
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The current med board time frame is 2-6 months. The speed has nothing to do with your command and everything to do with how long it takes the VA to determine your rating. In the case of a first term Soldier (or one with only a few years) and no deployments, there would be no reason to believe the asthma was caused by the Army and so your rating would probably come back quickly.
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I didn't give you enough details on how everything happened.
I was deployed to Afghanistan and within couple of months I started developing asthma like symptoms.I was there for 5 months and they sent me back for better treatments.
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SPC (Join to see) oh yeah, you're definitely a med board then lol. Usually when an E4 on here asks about a MEB they're an initial term no deployment E4.
You still can't request a med board. What you can do is be referred if your current treatments aren't sufficient
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SFC (Join to see) is correct, there is nothing your command can do to speed up the process. I'm in a unit where I've seen dozens of people go through the IDES process and the fastest I've seen so far is 4 1/2 months. Mine has taken about 5 1/2 months from referral to start of transition leave. A lot of moving parts, but the Army is getting much better with the process overall.
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How severe is the asthma? Will your doctor go to bat for you that its bad enough that you can't do your duties as a soldier?
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It is exercise induced asthma.I basically will not be able to perform normal Soldier activity like rucking,running or just walking with weapon and body armor on,passing ACFT would be big hurdle for me and any otherphysical activity that is expected of a Soldier.
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You would have to convince a doctor of that. Even still, I have seen command teams just watch a soldier fail their pt tests and use that to discharge them.
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You must have a formal diagnosis of a chronic or permanent, service-disqualifying medical condition. Depends on completing all course of treatment to reach maximum medical improvement. Then, the doctor you have getting your dictation done, will have to do it completely. Then it is for your review and signature and then it goes to an informal board. If you get 40% or more, you get retirement if you have enough time and points. If you disagree with the rating, you can request a formal hearing and appear in uniform in person. That will from start to finish, take from 3-6 months for less complex cases, but it can lag on for up to 2 or more years, if you are getting ongoing treatment until you reach maximum medical improvement. You will be assigned a JAG to help, but that usually happens so late in the game, it is of little value. If you are looking at a long career and possible active retirement as a reserve component or active troop, I would get a civilian attorney who handles military law, specifically medical disability and retirement. The benefits you stand to gain over a lifetime easily justify the cost of same. The rating that DOD gives is always lower than what the VA will later give, Remember to have non-disabling conditions like TMJ (grinding teeth( included if you have it, so that you will later qualify for VA dental care AND most everyone has some hearing loss, so get that documented and any other conditions that occurred on or worsened in active military service.
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