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Enlisted Separations
officer and enlisted personnel of the Regular Navy and Naval Reserve are equally entitled to disability  retirement; eligibility for disability retirement is based on a combination  of  degree  of  disability  and  years  of service;  and under  certain  conditions  personnel  may  be separated with severance pay rather than be retired  for  physical  disability. The basic purpose of the law is to provide a means of  separating  from  active  service  those  personnel  who are physically unfit for further duty. One of the key provisions is that no member maybe separated or retired for physical disability without an opportunity of a full and fair hearing if the member so desires. Conditions that must be met for placement on the TDRL  are  contained  in  the  Disability  Evaluation Manual, SECNAVINST  1850.4. DISPOSITION.— Pending  findings  of  a  physical evaluation board (PEB), an enlisted person may be ordered home (if not outside the continental United States [CONUS]) in a home-awaiting-orders status until such  time  as  SECNAV  determines  final  disposition  of the disability. During this process, enlisted members are ordered home by their COs. Officers, however, may be ordered home only by CHNAVPERS while awaiting SECNAV  disposition. It is not mandatory that a member be placed in an awaiting-orders  status  as,  under  certain  conditions,  it might be expedient and proper to retain the member while waiting for final action. Final action on PEB proceedings   that   involve   retirement   is   normally completed within 30 days after the hearing is completed. When a member has been in an awaiting-orders status for  60  days  and  either  retirement  orders  or  other directives  from  CHNAVPERS  have  not  been  received, the  CO  of  the  member  concerned  should  request information from CHNAVPERS as to the current status of the case. The member concerned should be cautioned to request advice from the activity holding his or her records when no word is received within the 60-day period. The records and accounts of personnel who have been placed in an awaiting-orders status should be retained by the responsible activity until final action has been taken and disposition is directed by CHNAVPERS. You may have occasion to process a person who is being ordered home in an awaiting-orders status. Before the person departs, be sure you complete all portions of the separation  processing  that  require  the  member’s presence.  This  is  necessary  in  the  event  SECNAV subsequently directs separation or retirement of the member, as it will prevent the necessity of the individual returning  to  his  or  her  command  for  final  processing. The final step can then be accomplished through the mail.  Once  disability  retirement  is  approved, CHNAVPERS  issues  orders  placing  the  member  on  the appropriate retired temporary or permanent list. TEMPORARY    DISABILITY    RETIRED LIST.— The TDRL is in the nature of a pending list for all  members  who,  through  due  process  of  medical procedures, have been found unfit to perform the duties of their office, grade, rank or rating and who, according to accepted medical principles, may be permanently disabled. In this sense the list provides a safeguard in the best  interests  of  the  government  against  permanently retiring  a  member  who  may  subsequently  recover  fully, or nearly so, from the disability that originally caused the person to be placed on this list. Also, the list provides a safeguard in the best interests of the member from being  permanently  retired  with  a  condition  that  may develop into a more serious disability that is permanent. CHNAVPERS will issue orders to a member on the TDRL  to  appear  at  a  medical  activity  for  periodic physical examinations. The medical activity at which a periodic physical examination is to be conducted is designated  in  each  case  by  the  Chief,  Bureau  of Medicine and Surgery and is the activity nearest the residence   of   the   member   concerned   with   proper Facilities   for   conducting   (he   examination.   Upon completion  of  the  medical  examination,  the  CO  of  the examining activity is requested to forward the medical record and a summary of the findings of the medical board in the case, with special reference to the physical condition for which the member was retired, to the Physical   Review   Council,   Navy   Department, Washington, DC. PAPER WORK INVOLVED WITH OFFICER SEPARATION Processing an officer for separation involves a vast amount of paper work and certain procedures must be accomplished. To help you to accomplish and complete the smooth separation of officers, the Personnel and Administration Assistance Team, Atlantic developed the Officer’s Separation Procedure Sheet/Checklist. This is a  step-by-step  procedure  of  actions  required  before  and after  separation  and  also  contains  the  references pertaining to the different actions. If properly used, this procedure sheet/checklist can be a valuable tool in the 12-6

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