Posted on Sep 22, 2014
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As of late it seems PA's are really pushing the Med Boards for anything and everything. I've talked to numerous Soldiers, NCO's, and Officers that have had PA's attempt to push them into a Med Board. Does anyone have any insight into this, because it seems as if this may be PA's taking it upon themselves or possibly a directive from higher to use as a force reduction tool.
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SFC Atchison, while there is no directive from DA mandating MEB's, what is being mandated is a high personnel readiness rate. Everyone on profile detracts from your readiness rate, which must remain above 90%. So, what we (the Command) are seeing, are personnel who ride on a profie from 180-300 days. In and out of things that aren't helping them, missing appointments, etc, etc. Anytime someone has a prognosis that isn't "going to get better in X days with minimal possibility of long term profile," you are going to see a push to MEB. When you first joined, the MEB didn't exist and you went through a much more streamlined system...and the only focus of that system was to evaluate you and change your MOS or get you out. It was all about readiness. We haven't returned to that yet, but if we keep drawing down, the Army is going to have to modify some of its programs to fit the new paradigm. These systems worked in a large COIN focused army with ARFORGEN to assist in the filling of deploying units. Hell, to compensate for all the profiles and other non-availables, a unit would be 120% assigned prior to going to war, just to have 90% deployable. We can't sustain that anymore.
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Edited 7 y ago
It is regulatory guidance that if, and when a SM receives a permanent profile, they will be evaluated to make sure they are fit for their job. While it seems harsh, I feel that most of the time the SMs are left to carry out their duty. If they didn't do this, we (the Army) would be in danger of injuring Soldiers further, by making them perform duties that their limitations don't allow.

Here is a good source of info http://www.wtc.army.mil/modules/soldier/s6-ides.html
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I am 4 months Postop as of today, and the PA has been on my case about a MED Board for the last 3 months, that's why I posed the initial question. This seems to be the case for numerous Soldiers I've spoken to as well. The Medical Staff seems to be MED Board happy.
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1SG Company First Sergeant
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1SG (Join to see) understood. How much treatment did you go through preop (in terms of months)? The key they are looking at is one year of treatment.
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SFC Gilley, absolutely none that restricted me to a profile of any kind.
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1SG Company First Sergeant
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1SG (Join to see) as I stated before I may have misspoke about having the profile. It says on the site i provided one year of treatment. If you have undergone a year or more of treatment including preop as well as postop then they are (from my understanding) doing the right thing by starting the IDES process (AKA medboard), which starts with a MAR2.
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SFC Mark Merino
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They got me at 18.5 years and saved themselves a good chunk of change. All I get is veterans disabiities since it is more than military pension and you can't "double dip"
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SFC Mark Merino
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If someone owes me a CRAPLOAD of back pay I'm more than willing to claim it though SFC James Sczymanski : )
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SFC Merino did you attempt to fight it, or did you just go along with the MED Board?
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My husband was also medically boarded and retired at 18 years of service. He tried to fight it, but to no avail. Like you he had to pick between his retirement or disability, you can only get both if you are over 20 years of service upon retirement.
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You can draw both depending on your ratings.
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