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AFI 36-3212 PHYSICAL EVALUATION FOR RETENTION, RETIREMENT, AND SEPARATION 2 February 2006 (Incorporating Through Change 2, 27 November 2009)

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Chapter 1
1.3. Eligibility for Disability Evaluation. HQ AFPC/DPPD determines eligibility for disability processing. The mere presence of a physical defect or condition does not qualify a member for disability retirement or discharge. The physical defect or conditions must render the member unfit for duty. Disability evaluation begins only when examination, treatment, hospitalization, or substandard performance result in referral to a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB). ...

Comments: "HQ AFPC/DPPD" is USAF Physical Disability Division.


2.2. Role of the Medical Officers in the MEB Process.

2.2.1. The attending physician at the medical treatment facility (MTF) will: Conduct the examination. Prepare the documents required to identify medical defects or conditions that may disqualify the member for continued active duty (AD). Refer the case to a MEB.

2.2.2. Medical officers on the MEB will: Evaluate the documentation. Recommend the disposition of the MEB case and refer it to the approving authority as outlined in AFI 48-123.

2.3. Role of the Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer (PEBLO). The PEBLO will:

2.3.1. Ensure disability cases referred to the PEB are complete, accurate, and fully documented.

2.3.2. Counsel evaluees concerning their rights in the disability process (see Attachment 2).

2.3.3. Maintain coordination with the member, medical facility, MPF, and HQ AFPC/DPPD.

2.4. Role of Commander and Supervisor. Except in situations of critical illness or injury in which return to duty is not expected, a written statement from the member's immediate commanding officer or supervisor describing the impact of the members medical condition on normal military duties and ability to deploy or mobilize, as applicable, will be submitted with the documentation required by AFI 48-123.
Chapter 3

3.1. Purpose of PEBs. A PEB is a fact-finding body that investigates the nature, origin, degree of impairment, and probable permanence of the physical or mental defect or condition of any member whose case it evaluates. The disability system provides for two PEBs: an Informal PEB and a Formal PEB. If either board finds a member unfit, it recommends appropriate disposition based on the degree of impairment caused by the disabling condition, the date incurred, and the member's line of duty status. A PEB is not a statutory board, and there is no statute of limitations in considering evidence.
Chapter 8

Section 8A- General Guidelines

8.1. Purpose. This chapter provides the guidelines for processing through the disability system certain ARC members who meet eligibility requirements in paragraph 8.2. Paragraph 8.3. gives an ineligibility guideline.
8.2. Eligibility for Disability Processing. The following ARC members who have impairments which were incurred or aggravated in the line of duty are eligible for disability processing:

8.2.1. On active duty for 31 days or more while the member was entitled to basic pay.

8.2.2. After 23 Sep 96, on active duty for 31 days or more but not entitled to basic pay under 37 U.S.C. 502(B) due to authorized absence to participate in an educational program, or for an emergency purpose, as determined by the SAF or designated representative.

Comments: "SAF" is Secretary of the Air Force.

8.2.3. On active duty for 30 days or less or on call to Inactive Duty Training (IDT).

Comments: Inactive Duty Training is a drill. While traveling directly to or from the place at which such duty is performed; and/or After September 23, l996, any injury, illness, or disease incurred or aggravated while remaining overnight, between successive periods of IDT, at or in the vicinity of the site of the inactive duty training, if the site is outside reasonable commuting distance of the member's residence. Additionally, members of the Ready Reserve with nonduty-related impairments pending separation for failure to meet physical standards. (See eligibility criteria in Section 8E).

8.3. Ineligibility for Disability Processing. ARC members are ineligible for disability processing if the member is pending an approved, unsuspended, punitive discharge or dismissal.