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Acute

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Characterized by sharpness or severity.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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Acuity

Accepted Medical Principles

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Fundamental deductions, consistent with medical facts, that are so reasonable and logical as to create a virtual certainty that they are correct. The Service PEB will state with specificity the basis(es) for the conclusion.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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Accepted Medical Principles

Clear and Unmistakable Evidence

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Undebatable information that the condition existed before military service and was not aggravated by military service (i.e., evidence that cannot be misinterpreted and misunderstood). In other words, reasonable minds could only conclude that ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Claims Agents

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

An individual recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as an agent for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under applicable laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Active Duty

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Full-time duty in the active military service of the United States, including active duty or full-time training duty in the Reserve Component.  Also called AD. See also active duty for training; inactive duty training.  (JP 4-05)

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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Active Duty

Competency Board

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A board consisting of at least three medical officers or physicians (including one psychiatrist) convened to determine whether a member is competent (capable of making a rational decision regarding his or her personal and financial affairs).

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Compensable Disability

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A medical condition that is determined to be unfitting due to disability and that meets the statutory criteria of Chapter 61 of Title 10, U.S.C. for entitlement to disability retired or severance pay

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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Compensable Disability

Day

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Calendar day.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The DOD mechanism for determining fitness for duty, separation, or retirement of Service members because of disability in accordance with Chapter 61 of Title 10, U.S.C.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System

Disability

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A medical impairment, mental disease, or physical defect which is severe enough to interfere with the Service member’s ability to adequately perform his or her duties, regardless of assignment or geographic location. A medical impairment ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Disability | Disability | Disability

Election

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The Service member’s decision to accept or appeal the MEB or PEB findings.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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Election

Elective Surgery

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Surgery that is not essential, especially surgery to correct a condition that is not life-threatening; surgery that is not required for survival.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Final Reviewing Authority

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The final approving authority for the findings and recommendations of the physical evaluation board (PEB).

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Grave

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

Very serious: dangerous to life-used of an illness or its prospects.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

The joint DOD/Veterans Administration process by which DOD determines whether ill or injured Service members are fit for continued military service, and the DOD and VA determine appropriate benefits for Service members who are separated or ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Integrated Disability Evaluation System | Integrated Disability Evaluation System | Integrated Disability Evaluation System | Integrated Disability Evaluation System
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