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CHAPTER 5 DEATHS AND PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS
Section B. Psychiatric Conditions (including personality disorders).
a. Initial assessment. The following diagnostic categories conform to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) IV-R and indicate the appropriate reference for disposition. In determining qualification for appointment, enlistment, and induction, or appropriate disposition (when the condition has been determined to be disqualifying for retention in accordance with paragraph 3-F-16 of this Manual), the diagnosis appears under DSM IV Axis I or Axis II. Conditions generally considered treatable and not grounds for immediate separation, mental health treatment may be authorized for members when medically necessary to relieve suffering and/or maintain fitness for unrestricted duty. The decision to provide treatment for mental health conditions will be based on a review of all factors, including the opinion of experts, probability of a successful outcome, and the presence of other physical or mental conditions. If a successful outcome (availability for worldwide assignment) is not realized within six months of the initiation of therapy, the patient's condition must be reassessed. If the reassessment indicates that the prognosis for a successful outcome is poor, the member shall be processed for discharge pursuant to Chapter 12 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series), or through the Physical Disability Evaluation System (PDES), COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
b. PDES Determination. Examination for purposes of PDES determination shall include a mental health evaluation performed by a military or VA mental health care provider. A military or VA mental health care provider is a psychiatrist, a doctoral level clinical psychologist, or doctoral level clinical social worker with necessary and appropriate professional credentials who is privileged to conduct mental health evaluations for the DoD, VA or the Coast Guard.
2. Personality Disorders. These disorders are disqualifying for appointment, enlistment, and induction under Section 3-D of this Manual and shall be processed in accordance with Chapter 12-B-16, Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series). ...
a. 301.00 Paranoid.
b. 301.20 Schizoid.
c. 301.22 Schizotypal.
d. 301.4 Obsessive compulsive.
e. 301.50 Histrionic.
f. 301.6 Dependent.
g. 301.7 Antisocial.
h. 301.81 Narcissistic.
i. 301.82 Avoidant.
j. 301.83 Borderline.
k. 301.9 Personality disorder NOS (includes Passive-aggressive).
l. Personality trait(s) considered unfitting per paragraph 3-F-16.c.
Comments: Paragraph 3-F-16.c refers to mood disorders, bipolar disorders or recurrent major depression.