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Army Medical Evaluation Board Outcomes

Going through a medical evaluation board (MEB) can be an overwhelming experience. You are dealing with so much of the unknown and the process can be very confusing. When my husband went through his, we were only aware of two options – discharge and discharge with settlement. We did not know any other options even existed but we quickly found out that they did.

If your soldier is going through the MEB process, these are the main outcomes that he could expect:

  1. To be found fit for duty. If this happens, he will return to his unit and continue to serve.
  2. Assigned a disability rating of 0% to 20%. Just FYI, a 0% rating is considered a disability rating. If this happens, your soldier will be honorably discharged with a settlement. The settlement is based on the time in service and his rank. There is a formula that basically works out to 2 x ‘years of service’ x ‘high three pay rate’. The high three pay rate is the average of the three highest base pay amounts that your soldier has earned. This severance package is taxable. He can also seek VA compensation if this happens.
  3. Assigned a disability rating of 30% or more with a condition that is not rated as stable. He will be assigned to the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL). On TDRL, he receives full retirement benefits the same as if he had served twenty years or more. He will have to be reevaluated for up to five years until he can be removed from TDRL or his condition warrants a permanent rating. He can seek VA compensation as well.
  4. Assigned a disability rating of 30% of more with a condition that is rated as stable. In this case, he will be assigned to the Permanent Disability Retirement List (PDRL) and will be permanently retired. He will receive all benefits the same as if he had served for twenty years or more. His retirement compensation will be based on High 3 x the disability rating he received.  He can seek VA compensation as well.

Again, a great resource is the PEB forum located at www.pebforum.com.

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Hillary March 18, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Hi, I just found out recently I have ibs, gerd and hemmoroids would they medically discharge me for this or would I just be non-deployable?

    • Ben June 17, 2012, 9:13 pm

      i was wondering if someone answered your question. im pretty sure i have GERD. im wondering if they are trying to push med board on you

    • Mob December 27, 2012, 4:23 pm


      I have a diagnosis for every one of the issues you mentioned. I already received my NARSUM. Although, all three were found to be military related they were not found to be unfitting conditions. My MEB is for bilateral achilles tendonitis.
      I was told an unfitting condition is anything that causes you not to be able to perform your job as a soldier.

  • annmarie March 26, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Does being diagnosed with ptsd mean automatic discharge? What are the most important things to know going into a MEB and what questions should be asked? What are the best ways to fight it and stay in?

    • caitlin March 27, 2014, 3:13 pm

      i know this is really old but no PTSD diagnosis doesnt mean medbaord ! my husband has PTSD sees a psychologist and psychiatrist all army and no talk of med board because of that ! some of the medicines they can use to treat PTSD can be medboard worthy if you have to take them long term

  • andrew April 21, 2012, 5:36 am

    Hello i am a spc in the national gaurd been in for 7 years with two deployments. I was about to ets but my unit is pushing med board due to tbi, ptsd,knee problems with my tbi i blackout also while blacked out my friend witnessed a siezure. I have a bad short term memory problem. I have a few questions on this.i am rated at a 30% from the va from iraq now working on my afghnaistan now how do the ratings differ and can i collect from both va comp and med board? After im out i mea i need to look into this for my wife and family. Triing to plan my future and keep wife envolved. I dont have the answers or her and need some help thankyou. Also my rating from va does not include the problems listed above yet.

  • David May 23, 2012, 10:25 pm

    Please Help!

    I just received my rating from the Army today for my MEB. They only gave me 20%!!! Even after the MEB doctor and PEBLO said I have to get medically retired! I ripped a muscle off of a pelvic bone that ran all the way down my leg. It’s an injury that’s not even in medical books. I was told by MANY doctors and the VA that there is nothing in medicine that can fix me. I walk with a limp, I can’t walk much, I can’t run, I can’t stand for longer than 15 minutes at a time, etc. I CAN’T PLAY WITH MY KIDS OR DRIVE FOR TOO LONG! This happened while I was playing rugby for the Army! What can I do to fight this and get 30% from the Army? Some one please help!

    • Stacey May 25, 2012, 7:01 pm

      Go to pebforum.com and see what they say about filing an appeal. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through all of this to fight for what is right.

  • c rooney May 26, 2012, 8:11 pm

    why do they get medical retired if only lose one eye

  • spc ward,nicholas July 5, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Ok for all the meb. The army is going to try to save as much money as they can. Yes you got hurt and your unit treats you like a piece of crap. But the army is not about you any more you no longer serve a purpose. If the army can they would send you out with nothing. So please do your reserch on line law offices and so on. They will always low ball you. Even if you get hurt on the job, . Dont be afraid to ask questions if you did not get the answer you needed or they try to confuse you do not sign anything until jag, legal, or law firm goes over it. Your meb ratings will be low, these civ employees are paid to screw you. the army cash out is a joke one lump sum sounds good then the taxes, and once you did your taxes you will have a bout 1 to 2 years of pay. then after that your still hurt so it wasnt worth it. Get all med reports for your records, dont forget you did your job you did a great job, But the army dosnt need you anymore. Just dont sign anything because it looks good, you will be screwed for life. Now for ptsd it depends on med board how severe it is, and or tbi.

  • Will July 18, 2012, 8:54 am

    I have a Knee problem and its been going on for years, also I have a back problem but I dont really have a proof for it. I have been in for 8 yrs in the army and my questions is that what would happen if I he Med Board out? and Am I going to received and fianacial support from the Army and VA? Thanks

    • Stacey July 18, 2012, 7:41 pm

      If you receive a rating of 30% from the Army, it’s essentially the same as serving twenty years as far as benefits are concerned. You can also file with the VA. Depending on your ratings from each, the pays may cancel each other out.

  • Heather August 25, 2012, 9:06 pm

    Has anyone been medically retired for Asthma?

    • Stacey August 30, 2012, 7:39 pm

      My husband was – technically – but we don’t believe he has asthma.

      • Rene May 19, 2016, 7:10 pm

        I have exercise induced asthma and hoping I can get meb for it. How did your husband get out?

        • Stacey Abler May 21, 2016, 8:21 pm

          My husband’s wasn’t actually asthma, that’s just what they classified it as. At the time he got out, there was very little, if any, acknowledgement of burn pit exposure.

          • Catherine June 8, 2017, 4:07 pm

            Stacy, my husband was exposed to burn pits and was down wind when an oil line was set on fire. Ever since he has had exercised induced bronchial spasms, to the point where he will be coughing for days after a PT test or run. Never had them before that deployment. Is this what your husband has?

          • Stacey Abler June 19, 2017, 10:02 pm

            It sounds similar but not exactly the same. I don’t remember the coughing so much as just having a hard time catching his breath. Is your husband still active?

  • Aaron September 24, 2012, 6:32 am

    Hi there, I am a Spc in the Army AD and am in germany i have asthma and started a meb 2 years ago in alaska after a deployment but i reinlisted and came down on orders to germany and was imformed that because the meb never hit phase one that i would have to restart the whole process at my next duty station. now two years later and nothing but ill thoughts about the army medical system I finially have recived a P4 limiting permanent profile i was recomended for meb and i just got the email reply from PEBLO saying that my profile is approved and that i will be starting a meb but will have to be sent stateside with my family to complete the meb any info is appreciated and would like to know how to get this whole process completed asap or who i can talk to thank you and i will try to keep updates posted.

    • Rene May 19, 2016, 7:11 pm

      How did you et them to give you a permanent for your asthma? I have exercise induced but even with the meds it causes me problems when running

  • Soniai October 11, 2012, 2:38 am

    As far as my situation i have Migraines, Cluster Headaches, and Low Back Pain. i have been in the Army 12 years and am deployed now. I am kinda nervous about the whole MEB because for the last 12 years this is all that i have known. Yes there are days that i hate the Army but there are also days that i love affecting Soldiers lives.

  • Alicia October 15, 2012, 11:55 am

    I just recieved a letter from my reserve unit for Medical disqualification for PTSD, I also have a few other problems that they are working on at the moment. Will the military finish my surgeries and does give me a medical discharge with compensation and can I keep my ID card

  • chisolm October 19, 2012, 11:31 pm

    i have knee pain an i got real bad shin splits. an i dont sleep at nite what % will i get if i medical out?

  • Cale January 22, 2013, 8:01 am

    Hello and thank you for your time. I have a few questions regarding a MEB. I had a claim that started while i was in the military and sent off to be evaluated and before recieving any type of answer my CO walked out one morning during formation and said congrats as of 0900 your a civilian. With that being said I ended up going from a MEB to a misconduct discharge? Is this at all possible not to mention legal, and secondly about 6 months ago I went into to try and get benefits and was awarded %70 thank god. Now if i was able to receive this type of disability now that would only lead me to believe that I would have received approximately the same from my first initial MEB. So my question I guess is should I be back paid from the original date of my MEB while i was active or is that just me getting my hopes up. I just dont see how you can start a MEB for a soldier with ptsd and bi-polar and then just throw them a misconduct outta the blue one day. Thank you for your time and god bless all my brothers and sisters in arms.

    • Stacey February 12, 2013, 7:22 pm

      Wow, I’m sorry to hear that. Have you tried reaching out to any of the Veteran’s organizations? They sometimes have the resources to help in these types of situations.

  • Cale January 22, 2013, 8:09 am

    with response to my own question if i was to get back paid it would be something like 8 years worth of struggling and suffering with no benefits or being able to see doctors or even recieving any type of support to try and help me re addapt to society. I can honestly say that I felt abandoned and ashamed all at the same time the day I was released from the Army. I signed up feeling so proud to be an American like I was really gonna change the world or something and left feeling as if I was robbed of all dignity and respect. I honestly received less than 3 hours notice that I was to be packed and ready to be discharged? How is that possible? Leading a soldier on letting him think that he is going to end up receiving MEB and health care and instead one cold snowy morning Im signing papers on how i need to pay back my bonus and how I will no longer have any type of benefits and a less than honorable discharge? Im just upset and feel like I need to be taken of justly and fairly. Thank you for listening to my story and feel free to help out with this situation.

  • William March 12, 2013, 12:01 am

    MyPCM is sending me to the med board for having chest pains that led to back pains and when I was givin a steroide injection. That did not help the pain and ever sence that I have been having blurry vision. The optomatrist said that there is no way of finding out if thats what cause the blurry vision. Most of my discs in my entire spine got messed up from having to deal with my chest pain for over a year. What do my chances look like for at least 30%?

    • Stacey March 27, 2013, 4:07 pm

      I can’t say. If you head over to pebforum.com, they have all of the information for ratings by condition. With my husband, it was exactly what it said it would be. Good luck – it can be a long, drawn out process. Thank you for your service.

  • Javon Mack May 8, 2013, 3:30 pm

    I went my follow up appt for my MRI on my lower back today and they basically said I haven’t four bulge disc and Hypertrophy which is arthritis in the lower spine joints. Mild spondyloarthropathy of the lower lumbar spine. I believe I am about to go through the MED board process. Does anyone know how this will go?

    • Stacey May 8, 2013, 9:16 pm

      Head over to pebforum.com. They have all of the rating tables as well as people who are going through the process now. It has changed a great deal since my husband went through it six years ago.

  • Kuuipo Lani May 14, 2013, 2:41 pm

    My husband is a Title 32 AGR in the National Guard who was injured in a combat zone while deployed to Iraq. His chain has been trying to “get him out” of his unit since 2006. It is now 2013 and he has received back surgery, replacing one of his vertabre along with two pins on his spine. He has been receiving treatments for this condition without any guidance from his chain who refused to send him to the WTB because he was not considered to be “complex” yet he needed to be driven to and from his medical appointments. He is also receiving treatments for his shoulders, knees, and has PTSD. How much more complex is this. He received only a 20% rating (for his back only) from the Army and a 90% from the VA for all his conditions. He is appealing and has a MedBoard Hearing coming up in a few days. Any assistance to what his options are is greatly appreciated.

  • Jill Lenz May 29, 2013, 2:44 pm

    I just started the med board process for psoriatic arthritis. I have been serving since October 2008 and was diagnosed with this autoimmune disease in October 2011. Anyone have experience with this?

    • Michael December 20, 2015, 11:21 pm

      I just applied for CRSC for this and has been turned down and I will be looking to appeal but cannot find anything that is favorable to convince them at this point.

  • Jake Allen June 2, 2013, 11:27 pm

    I am an active duty SFC with 15 years. I have had both my feet surgically repaired. Both feet had flat foot reconstruction it’s starting to affect my knees, back, and neck. They started my MEB. Any advice. It’s frustrating because I have 15 years. I was planning on a 20 year retirement.

  • Eric June 12, 2013, 1:29 pm

    I did a sleep study and diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, what do I do next? Can I get a MEB?

  • Gregory August 6, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I have been in the army for 2 years I have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea stage 2 hypertension IT band syndrome and had surgery on my right ring finger and thumb for reconstruction. I want to leave the army now is it wise for me to ask for MEB. And do you think I will be able to get out. Thank you in advance

  • Joe August 25, 2014, 10:10 am

    I have 21 yrs active. I have had 3 lower back surgeries. Last one was this past Jun. They fused my L4 L5 and I have 4 screws and 2 rods in my back. Do to the surgery I have severe nerve damage to my left foot. I walk on the outside of my left foot and I use a cane. I can’t feel my toes on my foot. The worst part is I don’t have control over my toes. I can’t crunch my toes or when the Dr pushes down on my toes I can’t lift them back up. Also with the fusion I can’t bend over or twist. Dr told me that my sciatic nerve is permanently damaged. They said he can go back in and try to repair the sciatic but I’m saying no. Will I be MEB?

    • Stacey Abler September 1, 2014, 9:26 pm

      I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. The guys over at pebforum.com can provide specific advice to your situation. My guess is that you would be med boarded/retired.

  • Amanda Theriault December 10, 2014, 8:23 pm

    My husband (E3, been in 2 years) may be getting medboarded due to horrible pain in his lower back. He’s also going to claim hearing and memory loss (both are accurate).
    What percentage would he get?
    We have 2 small children…My main fear if no medical…
    What benefits would us and dependents have?
    Also, could you explain the severance pay.

    • Stacey Abler December 16, 2014, 7:23 pm

      The guys over at pebforum.com have some of the charts that list percentages by diagnosis. If he’s rated over 30%, you’ll retain Tricare coverage and then he’ll receive that percentage of his base pay each month.

  • tr3mendo33 May 13, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    I have had back problems for the last 14 years. I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) in 2008. I had surgery last year to repair a large herniated disc and pinched nerve. After six months of recovery, I still feel the pressure on my back and at times feel a tingly-ness and numbness down my leg. I also suffer from depression, mood swings and short term memory. I have need knee, elbow, and shoulder problems. My doctor is now discussing the possibility of an MEB. At almost 15 years, I am not fond of the idea of an MEB. What are my chances of possibly receiving a 30% from the Army and being medical retired?

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 10:15 am

      If you head over to pebforum.com, they have the standard ratings for different conditions/diseases. You could also potentially find others with the same and see what kind of rating they’ve been given. I hope it all works out.

  • deanna August 4, 2015, 5:29 pm

    hi Stacey,

    I am currently in the process of a med board. I have a injury to right achillies tendon and I also have flat feet. I try looking up the code for this but I can not find anything, my question is if I have been dealing with this for almost three years is it a possibility that I will get 30%. I have to wear a foot brace for the rest of my life. I am having a hard time getting information and leaving the army with four kids and no medical is very scary. I just don’t know what to do. I will rather have 30 % from the army and keep my benefits then 70 % with out benefits.
    thank you

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:44 pm

      If you go over to pebforum.com, they have the list there that shows the different ratings for different injuries, etc. Good luck!

  • Josh Hackathorn October 15, 2015, 1:56 am

    I’m getting a med board for anxiety due to being hazed, does anyone know round a bout what percentage disability i will get and how long my med board will take?

  • joseph salas January 1, 2016, 3:51 am

    i had an inguinal hernia operation and i have pain till this day. Its been 6 months already. Is this an unfit for duty status?

  • Jose February 17, 2016, 10:39 pm

    I have 50% in ptsd by VA.
    In the process MEB can they lower my ptsd %?.
    The % will maintain the same or increase?

  • Mr. Timmons March 2, 2016, 11:51 am

    after been separated from my wife and kids due to military service for 3 convective years, I’ve developed MDD and the other type of depression i can’t remember. now my pa is pushing for a fit for duty. should i be worried

  • Ryan Sikes June 19, 2016, 10:08 pm

    If you get an MEB and put out can you still work. Full time job and make an income? I just no with being a civilian and on disability there can be issues.

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