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fufu
06-06-2014, 08:22 PM
I received an assignment at the beginning of May with a RNLTD of mid-Aug. While trying to get my medical clearance, I was notified that I was placed on a 365 day world-wide disqualification. When my PCM reviewed my records, he determined that I have a condition that makes me "unfit for active duty". I was advised to request a RNLTD extension, which was approved. It appears that my medical clearance must go to my gaining base for approval and then to AFPC for approval. I'm skeptical that my medical clearance will be approved by Sept.

Question #1 - Has anyone experienced this? Do you get the assignment?

I was also told that I would be facing an Initial Review in Leiu of MEB(IRILO) regardless of whether or not I was approved for the assignment. In other words, the IRILO will happen either way. Public Health told me that I would likely be facing a full MEB.

I'm a MSgt over 15 yrs of service.

Question #2 - How long is this process going to take?

#3 - Will I be medically retired?
#3A - What will my retirement pay be based on? High 3? Final pay?

#4 - Any other advice or comments about MEB? Should I go to TAPS just to be safe?

Thanks.

#4 -

Airborne
06-07-2014, 09:50 PM
I received an assignment at the beginning of May with a RNLTD of mid-Aug. While trying to get my medical clearance, I was notified that I was placed on a 365 day world-wide disqualification. When my PCM reviewed my records, he determined that I have a condition that makes me "unfit for active duty". I was advised to request a RNLTD extension, which was approved. It appears that my medical clearance must go to my gaining base for approval and then to AFPC for approval. I'm skeptical that my medical clearance will be approved by Sept.

Question #1 - Has anyone experienced this? Do you get the assignment?

I was also told that I would be facing an Initial Review in Leiu of MEB(IRILO) regardless of whether or not I was approved for the assignment. In other words, the IRILO will happen either way. Public Health told me that I would likely be facing a full MEB.

I'm a MSgt over 15 yrs of service.

Question #2 - How long is this process going to take?

#3 - Will I be medically retired?
#3A - What will my retirement pay be based on? High 3? Final pay?

#4 - Any other advice or comments about MEB? Should I go to TAPS just to be safe?

Thanks.

#4 -

This advice is the same that sooooooo many MSgts love to spout and I would hazard a guess you have to..."have you asked your supervisor". Are you going overseas or CONUS. Some overseas bases arent able to deal with more than the common infection or broken bone. Go for the medical retirement. They are trying to get rid of people so a condition that makes you unfit for active duty doesnt bode well. There is a big wide world out there. Get in to it!

ihatenonners
06-09-2014, 07:23 AM
I received an assignment at the beginning of May with a RNLTD of mid-Aug. While trying to get my medical clearance, I was notified that I was placed on a 365 day world-wide disqualification. When my PCM reviewed my records, he determined that I have a condition that makes me "unfit for active duty". I was advised to request a RNLTD extension, which was approved. It appears that my medical clearance must go to my gaining base for approval and then to AFPC for approval. I'm skeptical that my medical clearance will be approved by Sept.

Question #1 - Has anyone experienced this? Do you get the assignment?

I was also told that I would be facing an Initial Review in Leiu of MEB(IRILO) regardless of whether or not I was approved for the assignment. In other words, the IRILO will happen either way. Public Health told me that I would likely be facing a full MEB.

I'm a MSgt over 15 yrs of service.

Question #2 - How long is this process going to take?

#3 - Will I be medically retired?
#3A - What will my retirement pay be based on? High 3? Final pay?

#4 - Any other advice or comments about MEB? Should I go to TAPS just to be safe?

Thanks.

#4 -

What's the condition? Its really difficult to gauge what your facing MEB wise without knowing the problem.

fufu
06-09-2014, 03:43 PM
What's the condition? Its really difficult to gauge what your facing MEB wise without knowing the problem.

Crohn's disease.

ihatenonners
06-10-2014, 03:06 PM
Crohn's disease.

Well you are officially no longer world-wide deployable, but if your case is mild and controlled you have a decent chance of staying in. Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis are both very prone to getting people medically discharged though.

Drackore
06-12-2014, 11:11 AM
Can you do a full PT test at any time (serious question) and run a bake sale (trolling)?

Also on a serious note - how many medical opinions do you have backing up this diagnosis? If just one, seek out another.

Chief_KO
06-12-2014, 12:21 PM
Fufu,
Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Yes get a second opinion, especially on treatment or "maintenance" options. My questions would be how does this affect you in your current AFSC? Are there deployment or assignment limitations? Some conditions (such as Sleep Apnea) generate an automatic MEB which basically returns a "duty limitation" that includes certain requirements for deployed locations as an example.

On a personal side, consider you have only one body and one life (in that body). While the MEB and facing possible discharge earlier than you planned is stressful, what is best for you? Does the stresses/activities of your duties make it worse for you or no impact?

I hope the end result is what's best for you and your family.

Best wishes,
Chief

fufu
06-17-2014, 01:32 AM
Can you do a full PT test at any time (serious question) and run a bake sale (trolling)?

Also on a serious note - how many medical opinions do you have backing up this diagnosis? If just one, seek out another.

So, I actually have Ulcerative Colitis...but many people don't know what that is...so I say Crohns...seems more people understand that.

Anyway, I'm on a PT profile, but for a issue not related to UC. However, I've been on/off PT Profile for quite some time. This started in 2011. I've gained 35lbs since this started and my PT scores have been dropping each year.

I have one medical opinion backing this diagnosis. But, Ive seen the camera shots, from my colonoscopy, myself. I've also got Gastroparesis. The GI doctor has switched my meds about 3x since the diagnosis in April. Last week, I was put on 2 more medications: antibiotic and steroid. Also, b/c of the internal bleeding I become anemic.

This whole thing really sucks. But, that said.... I can do my job. I'm a desk jockey and don't have any issues performing my job. My assignment to Turkey was just cancelled b/c I couldn't get the medical clearance to go. I've been at Base X 9 yrs and was looking forward to leaving.


Fufu,
Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Yes get a second opinion, especially on treatment or "maintenance" options. My questions would be how does this affect you in your current AFSC? Are there deployment or assignment limitations? Some conditions (such as Sleep Apnea) generate an automatic MEB which basically returns a "duty limitation" that includes certain requirements for deployed locations as an example.

On a personal side, consider you have only one body and one life (in that body). While the MEB and facing possible discharge earlier than you planned is stressful, what is best for you? Does the stresses/activities of your duties make it worse for you or no impact?

I hope the end result is what's best for you and your family.

Best wishes,
Chief

My PCM's opinion is that the AF will give me duty limitations and I will remain on AD. However, deployed locations/PCS locations might be limited.

My wife and I are discussing taking the TERA next year, if offered again. I think it would be the best thing for me and my family. Its not secret that I'm not happy being in the AF. But, I just crossed 15 yrs in May. I don't like the % given for the early retirement, but if I feel like I will be discriminated against b/c of my condition. I appear physically healthy, but my insides are a mess. Appearance is everything in the AF.

Chris_1991-2011
06-18-2014, 05:37 AM
I don't like the % given for the early retirement, but if I feel like I will be discriminated against b/c of my condition. I appear physically healthy, but my insides are a mess. Appearance is everything in the AF.

What type of discrimination are you worried about or anticipate facing? I can see peoples attitudes possibly being an issue but the AF won't discriminate against you, and there are avenues to deal with discrimination if you face it. If the AF deems you fit to continue your service, then do so if you wish. People who may have an issue will have to deal with it or take it up with their chain, AFPC, etc.; it's their issue not yours. Bottom line, do whats best for you and your family/what makes you happy. Also keep in mind that if you are returned to duty and stay until retirement, your condition may have a positive affect on your retirement.

I retired in '11 and went through a MEB in '07. The result of the MEB was that I was returned to duty with an Assignment Limitation Code of C-2, non worldwide qualified, and no limitations/profile for the PT test. (AFI 41-210, paragraph 4.76. gives an explanation/overview of the 3 codes.) Your PCM is correct in saying that deployed/PCS locations may be limited. Per the AFI, the codes don't limit deployed and/or overseas assignments, but are designed to ensure members with medical conditions are assigned and/or deployed to the appropriate location where care is available.

Chris_1991-2011
06-18-2014, 05:38 AM
I don't like the % given for the early retirement, but if I feel like I will be discriminated against b/c of my condition. I appear physically healthy, but my insides are a mess. Appearance is everything in the AF.

What type of discrimination are you worried about or anticipate facing? I can see peoples attitudes possibly being an issue but the AF won't discriminate against you, and there are avenues to deal with discrimination if you face it. If the AF deems you fit to continue your service, then do so if you wish. People who may have an issue will have to deal with it or take it up with their chain, AFPC, etc.; it's their issue not yours. Bottom line, do whats best for you and your family/what makes you happy. Also keep in mind that if you are returned to duty and stay until retirement, your condition may have a positive affect on your retirement.

I retired in '11 and went through a MEB in '07. The result of the MEB was that I was returned to duty with an Assignment Limitation Code of C-2, non worldwide qualified, and no limitations/profile for the PT test. (AFI 41-210, paragraph 4.76. gives an explanation/overview of the 3 codes.) Your PCM is correct in saying that deployed/PCS locations may be limited. Per the AFI, the codes don't limit deployed and/or overseas assignments, but are designed to ensure members with medical conditions are assigned and/or deployed to the appropriate location where care is available.