Posted on Jun 21, 2019
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After 13 years of service the doctors want to med board for my back. Can I switch MOS to lower the impact on my back? Having 13 years in is it a bad thing?
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That depends. If you can't wear body armor, you can't be in the Army in any capacity really. You should get medical retirement though, so it's not like you've wasted 13 years.
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1SG (Join to see) - No argument there 1SG. A medically retired soldier receives pay and benefits.
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SGM J 39 Sgm
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MSG (Join to see) Only from the VA and depending on his ratings.

At 13 years he WILL NOT receive any form of retirement pay. I know that sucks but that is the truth. I have a close friend that had to medically retire at almost 17 and only gets his 100% VA pay. The good thing is the 100% disability pay is more than his retirement would have been anyway. The only problem is if you are over 20 and medically retire you can collect both.
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SGM (Join to see) you absolutely can be medically retired at any point in service if it's LOD related. However, you are correct in that you get VA or the med retirement whichever is greater.
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I guess what I’ve never seen is a Soldier getting medically retired before 20 years and receiving a actual retirement pay. Maybe that’s because the VA pay is in most cases always greater. I actually never knew that was the case (VA or Med retirement whichever is greater) so I appreciate the insight.1SG (Join to see)
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This conversation can go many directions. If your profile limits you from doing the most simplest of Soldier tasks then yo may not have a choice. Med board is definitely on the table when you can't perform your MOS specific tasks. Your years in service have little or no effect. It's all about readiness now. They are not holding on to Soliders who can't be ready to deploy, fight ,and win at combat.
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At Fort Ord, my next door neighbor was a grounded aviator. The reclassified him to 761a. Property Book Officer. When he rotated he went to be the PBO for the Old Guard at Fort Meyer. The only Battalion in the army commanded by a full bull.
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