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4. Policy

a. Per references (a) through (l), Navy and Marine Corps RC Service Members who incur or aggravate injuries, illnesses, or diseases during periods of Active Duty, Inactive Duty Training, Funeral Honors duty, while traveling directly to or from such duty or training, or while remaining overnight immediately before the commencement of or between successive periods of such duty, may be eligible for Line of Duty (LOD) benefits, unless such injury, illness, or disease is the result of the gross negligence or misconduct of the member. For purposes of this instruction, a determination that establishes a covered condition is an “in-LOD determination.”

NAVMED P-117 Manual of the Medical Department (MANMED) 15 FEB 19)

NAVMED P-117 Manual of the Medical Department (MANMED) (4.7 MB)

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Chapter 15

15-32 Introduction to the Physical Standards

(1) The following list of disqualifying physical and medical conditions is organized generally by organ system and from the head down. If an applicant currently or by history (as appropriate) has none of these conditions then he or she will be found "physically qualified." ...

15-33 Head

15-34 Eyes

15-35 Vision-Enlistment

15-36 Vision-Commission and Programs Leading to a Commission

15-37 Ears

15-38 Hearing

15-39 Nose, Sinuses, Mouth, and Larynx

15-40 Dental

15-41 Neck

15-42 Lungs, Chest Wall, Pleura, and Mediastinum

15-43 Heart

15-44 Abdominal Organs and Gastrointestinal System

15-45 Female Genitalia

15-46 Male Genitalia

15-47 Urinary System

15-48 Spine and Sacroiliac Joints

15-49 Upper Extremities

15-50 Lower Extermities

15-51 Miscellaneous Conditions of the Extremities

15-52 Vascular Diseases

15-53 Skin and Cellular Tissues

15-54 Blood and Blood-Forming Tissues

15-55 Systemic Diseases

15-56 Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

15-57 Neurological Disorders

15-58 Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders

15-59 General and Miscellaneous Conditions and Defects

15-60 Tumors and Malignant Diseases

15-61 Miscellaneous

SECNAV M-1650.1 Department of the Navy Disability Evaluation System Manual (SEPT 2019)

Department of the Navy Disability Evaluation System Manual SECNAV M-1650.1 (SEPT 2019) (676 KB)

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9. Courts-Martial, Administrative Separation Proceedings, and Controverted Cases

c. Members being processed for any type of involuntary administrative separation and who are referred into the DES may continue to be processed for determination of fitness for continued naval service.
(1) If the local Separation Authority (SA) believes the member should not enter the DES because they are being involuntarily administratively processed under provisions that authorize a characterization of service of other than honorable conditions, the DES case must be referred to the first General
Officer/Flag Officer (GO/FO) in the chain of command for a final determination of referral into the DES or disapproval. Once referred into the DES, these members will continue to be processed in the DES unless the GO/FO noted above disapproves such continuation.
(2) The SA for enlisted dual processing cases shall be the first GO/FO in the Service Member’s chain of command unless a higher authority is required. The SA for officers is governed by reference (h). The SA may direct separation prior to completion of the DES process if the SA determines and documents, in writing, that the member should be separated for the misconduct despite the ratable medical condition.
(3) Refer to reference (i) or (j) for the appropriate SA for all Involuntary Administrative Separations of Service Members diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and for any Service Members with 18 or more years of total Active-Duty military service.
(4) For PTSD, TBI, or other mental health conditions, an appropriately privileged military health care provider will be consulted for a medical opinion as to whether the ratable medical condition that caused the referral into the DES contributed to a basis for which the member is being separated.

MILPERSMAN 1306-1200, Ch. 9, Limited Duty (5 NOV 2004)

MILPERSMAN 1306-1200, Ch. 9, Limited Duty (5 NOV 2004) (161 KB)

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...2. Definitions

a. Light Duty. Presumes frequent provider/patient interaction to determine whether return to full duty status or more intensive therapeutic intervention is appropriate in any given case; therefore, light duty will be ordered in periods notto exceed 30 days to ensure appropriate patient clinical oversight. Consecutive light duty for any “new condition” up to 90 days may be ordered by the provider (in maximum 30-day periods), but in no case will light duty exceed 90 consecutive days,inclusive of any convalescent leave periods.

b. Limited Duty (LIMDU). The assignment of a member in a duty status for a specified time, following a medical board action, with certain medical limitations/restrictions concerning the duties the member may perform. LIMDU is divided into two separate categories as follows:

(1) Temporary Limited Duty (TLD). A member is assigned in a TLD status when a medical officerexpects the member to be able to return to duty (RTD) in a reasonable period of time. TLD is authorized locally, in increments of6 months with a 12-month maximum, by the convening authority (CA) responsible for the military treatment facility (MTF) initiating TLD. NavyPersonnel Command (NAVPERSCOM), Disability Retirement/ Limited Duty Branch (PERS-4821) will perform a departmental review of all cases that require additional TLD in excess of 12months. The maximum total TLD authorized is 12 months unless otherwise approved by NAVPERSCOM (PERS-4821).

(2) Permanent Limited Duty (PLD) (L5). Assignment authorized by NAVPERSCOM (PERS-4821) to be in a PLD status to complete 20 years active service day-for-day, or remain on active duty until a specific date. Only members who have been found “unfit for continued Naval Service” by the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) may request PLD per reference (a). Members approved for PLD will be placed in a FOR DUTY LIMDU (ACC105) status with a projected rotation date (PRD) that corresponds with the approved PLD date. Once placed in a PLD status, the member may remain at the current command or be assigned to a valid billet per manning control authority (MCA) priorities based on needs of the Navy. Assignment will be made to an area where the required medical care is available and shall remain in that area for the remainder of the member’s Naval Service.