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MCO1900.16 CH. 2 Separation and Retirement Manual (MARCORSEPMAN) Dual Processing

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MCO1900.16 CH. 2 Separation and Retirement Manual (MARCORSEPMAN) Dual Processing

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ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION OF OFFICERS FOR CAUSE

4107. DUAL PROCESSING: INVOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION AND DISABILITY EVALUATION

4108. Per SECNAV Memorandum of 1 June 2016, Disability Evaluation System Dual Processing, Service members being processed for involuntary administrative separation who have a ratable condition under the Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) limiting their performance of duty may be referred to or continue to be processed in the Disability Evaluation System (DES). DES processing is not superseded by involuntary administrative separation for Service members with ratable conditions that limit their performance of duty, unless they are being processed for administrative separation based upon provisions that authorize a characterization of service under other than honorable conditions (e.g., misconduct, security, or unsatisfactory participation in the Ready Reserve).

2. The separation authority for officers remains unchanged. Officers being processed for involuntary administrative separation for misconduct, moral or professional dereliction, or reasons of national security per references (aa) DoDI 1332.30 and (av) SECNAVINST 1920.6C W/CH 5, may not be referred to the DES or further processed in the DES without written authorization from the Show Cause Authority or Alternate Show Cause Authority to be submitted to the CMC (MMSR-4).

3. When the separation authority directs that an officer with a ratable condition be involuntarily administratively separated, based upon a provision that authorizes a characterization of service under other than honorable conditions, prior to completion of the DES process despite such conditions, the separation authority shall determine and document, in the separation letter or via separate correspondence, that such separation is warranted despite the condition. For cases involving PTSD, other mental disorder or TBI, an appropriately credentialed military health care provider must beconsulted for a medical opinion as to whether such condition affected the officer’s judgment and behavior and may have been a contributing factor to the basis for separation.

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6106. LIMITATIONS ON SEPARATION ACTION

5. Dual Processing: Involuntary Administrative Separation and Disability Evaluation

a. Per SECNAV Memorandum of 1 June 2016, Disability Evaluation System Dual Processing, Service members being processed for involuntary administrative separation who have a ratable condition under the Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) limiting their performance of duty may be referred to or continue to be processed in the Disability Evaluation System (DES). DES processing is not superseded by involuntary administrative separation for Service members with ratable conditions that limit their performance of duty, unless they are being processed for administrative separation based upon provisions that authorize a characterization of service under other than honorable conditions (e.g., misconduct, security, or unsatisfactory participation in the Ready Reserve).

b. The first general officer in the chain of command shall determine whether an enlisted Service member with a ratable condition may be referred to the DES or further processed within the DES if the member is being processed for involuntary administrative separation based upon a provision that authorizes a characterization of service under other than honorable conditions, unless a higher authority is required per paragraph 6307 of this Manual. If the final determination of characterization of service is honorable or general (under honorable conditions), the GCMCA is authorized as the separation authority, unless a higher authority is required per paragraph 6307 of this Manual. (In some commands the Secretary of the Navy has designated commanding officers in the grade of O-6 as the GCMCA.)

c. When the separation authority directs that a Service member with a ratable condition be involuntarily administratively separated, based upon a provision that authorizes a characterization of service under other than honorable conditions, prior to completion of the DES process despite such conditions, the separation authority shall determine and document, in the separation letter or via separate correspondence, that such separation is warranted despite the condition. For cases involving PTSD, other mental disorder or TBI, an appropriately credentialed military health care provider must be consulted for a medical opinion as to whether such condition affected the Marine’s judgment and behavior and may have been a contributing factor to the basis for separation. See paragraph 6110.3 of this Manual for more detailed guidance regarding cases involving PTSD, other mental disorder and TBI.