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Deploy or Get Out: How Does it Work?

Deploy or Get Out

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On Monday October 1, 2018 “Deploy or Get Out” took affect.  We’ve known about this since earlier this year.  It’s an initiative put forward by Secretary Mattis to create a stronger military.  In simple terms, anyone who’s deemed non-deployable for 12 consecutive months must separate from military service.

What’s “Deploy or Get Out” Mean?

There are 126,000 members of the US armed forces who’re non-deployable as of today.  Such a large number takes a toll on the services as a whole.  Those that are able to deploy do so more often to fill the slots of those unable to.  Able bodied men and women do more than their fair share to take up the slack.  In a lifestyle that’s already stressful and potentially deadly, it’s just not acceptable.

Who’ll It Affect?

The largest chunk of people who it’ll affect will be those on a permanent non deployable profile, including both mental and physical ailments.  It will NOT include those that received their injuries in a combat area.  These profiles were typically put into place after the service member presented it at the MTF (military treatment facility).  For some, these profiles were put into place after a command referral for one reason or another.

Some are on profile because they haven’t completed dental exams or let certifications lapse.  Seems pretty trivial and like an easy fix.  And it is.

Those who’re pregnant or postpartum won’t have to worry.

How Will the Separations Occur?

Don’t worry!!  There won’t be any blanket separations involving large groups at once.  Separations will occur in the same manner that all medical separations occurred in the past.

Each service member will have to go through two boards; the MEB and the PEB.  The MEB is the medical evaluation board and the PEB is the physical evaluation board.

The MEB is held at the request of the military treatment facility.  It’s not ordered by the service member or the chain of command.  The board is made up of military physicians who’ll review the patient’s medical history and decide whether or not to approve them for continued service.  If the MEB decides that they cannot approve further service, the PEB convenes.

The PEB will decide how duty will continue.  The options include returning to active duty, placing the member on a temporarily disabled list, separation from active duty, or medical retirement.

PEB takes into consideration whether or not the ailment will keep the service member from performing the tasks of his MOS, office, rank, or grade.

Why Deploy or Get Out?

Simple.  This measure was put into place to ensure the burden of deploying was better spread throughout the military force and it would also increase combat readiness because more service members would be able to deploy.

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