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Medical Evaluation Board (MEB)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

For Service members entering the disability evaluation system, the MEB conducts the medical evaluation on conditions that potentially affect the Service member’s fitness for duty. The MEB documents the Service member’s medical ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Medical Impairment Condition

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Any disease or residual of an injury that results in a lessening or weakening of the capacity of the body or its parts to perform normally, according to accepted medical principles.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Rating

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The name (e.g., “Boatswain’s Mate”) prescribed for service members of a military service in an occupational field.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Rank

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The order of precedence among members of the military services.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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Rank

Grade

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A step or degree in a graduated scale of office or military rank that is established and designated as a grade by law or regulation.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Grade

Office

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A position of duty, trust, and authority to which an individual is appointed.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Line of Duty Determination (LOD Determination)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

An inquiry used to determine whether a service member incurred an injury or disease while in a duty status; whether it was aggravated by military duty; and whether incurrence or aggravation was due to the service member’s intentional ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Line of Duty Determination | Line of Duty Determination

Non-Duty Related Medical Conditions

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Conditions that were neither incurred nor aggravated while the active component or reserve component member was in a qualified military duty status.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Service Treatment Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A chronological record documenting the medical care, dental care and treatment received primarily outside of a hospital (outpatient) but may contain a synopsis of any inpatient hospital care and behavioral health treatment. The chronologic ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Service Aggravation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The permanent worsening of a pre-Service medical condition over and above the natural progression of the condition.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Retention Control Point

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The number of years a Service member may serve at a particular rank.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Qualified Duty Status

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The period in which an RC Service member is: On active duty (AD) or full-time National Guard duty (FTNGD) for more than 30 days; Performing AD or FTNGD for 30 days or less; Performing inactive duty training (IDT); Performing funeral honors ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Proximate Result

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A permanent disability the result of, arising from, or connected with active duty, annual training, active duty for training, or IDT, to include travel to and from such duty or remaining overnight between successive periods of IDT. The ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Prior Service

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

When a Service member has previous military service and reenlists in a Regular or Reserve Component of a Military Service after a break in active duty or reserve duty.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Presumption

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

An inference of the truth of a proposition or fact reached through a process of reasoning and based on the existence of other facts. Matters that are presumed need no proof to support them, but may be rebutted by evidence to the contrary.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)
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