Need for Uniformity in Processing Military Disability Retirements

FPCD-77-45: Published: Apr 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1977.

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A followup review of military disability retirement processing was conducted.

Both the current and prior reviews show that the military departments are not uniform in processing disability retirements and separations. There has been a lack of monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Defense (DOD) to assure uniform consideration and disposition of the disabled members. There are significant differences among the departments between the elapsed time periods for preparing retirement orders following the retirement determination and for establishing effective dates of retirements. There are also inconsistencies among the military departments in the processing of disability cases for members with terminal medical conditions.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: DOD should issue a revision to DOD Directive 1332.18 which incorporates the following recommendations: establish the 20-day standard for processing disability retirements; insure that service requlations conform to the revised directive; and establish a uniform policy on expediting processing of disability retirements for terminally ill members. The directive should also provide for uniform consideration and disposition of disabled members who are also eligible for nondisability retirement. To insure that service disability retirement practices are uniform and conform to DOD regulations, DOD should perform periodic audits and inspections of the operational systems.

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