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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)

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)

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

Instrumentality of War

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A vehicle, vessel, or device designed primarily for military service and in use by a military service at the time of the occurrence or injury.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Disability Advisory Council

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A Department of Defense (DOD) only group that evaluates Disability Evaluation System (DES) functions, identifies best practices, addresses inconsistencies in policy, discusses inconsistencies in law, addresses problems and issues in the ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Disability Advisory Council | Disability Advisory Council | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System | Disability Evaluation System

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)

Legacy Disability Evaluation System (LDES)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A Disability Evaluation System (DES) process by which DOD determines whether eligible wounded, ill, or injured service members are fit for continued military service and determines appropriate benefits for service members who are separated or ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Legacy Disability Evaluation System | Legacy Disability Evaluation System

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

Multi-Disciplinary Briefing (MDB)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/10/2022

A briefing that consists of information from, at a minimum, physical evaluation board liaison officer (PEBLOs), military services coordinators (MSCs), and government legal counsel, and establishes service member expectations; prepares service ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Multi Disciplinary Briefing
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