Title 10 USC outlines mandated requirements for the adherence and administration of the Temporary Disability Retired List program, in addition to Department of Defense and Navy Directives for program stipulations. The following specifically identifies the rules and repercussions for failure to adhere to published guidelines.
Members assigned to the TDRL are required to complete a physical examination when provided orders by the Navy Personnel Command (NPC), or every 18 months as a standard requirement, except for those assigned to the TDRL with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), then an additional exam is required at 6 month point. The examinations will include a complete physical examination, not just a review of the condition causing the placement on TDRL. After each examination, the attending physician will dictate a narrative summary of the examination to include specific progress/digression of medical conditions. The narrative report of the examination will be forwarded to the President, PEB for review in determining dispositions. The PEB provides Notifications of Decisions/Findings to PERS-82 for retention on TDRL, placement onto the Permanment Disability Retired List (PDRL), Separation with Severance Pay, or a Finding of Fit for Active Duty. There is no authorization for retention on the TDRL after 5 years.
Upon notification of decision by the PEB of periodic examinations, members still have the right to appeal if they do not agree with the decision of the PEB, however member's must be able to provide documentary evidence and justifiable reasons for disagreements of PEB decisions.
Schedule of Periodic Examinations
6 month: only PTSD diagnosis
1-18 months after placement
2-36 months after placement
Final exam - 54 months