Ensure equitable application of the provisions of the Title 10, United States Code, Chapter 61, which relate to the separation or retirement of military personnel by reason of physical disability. Most information about our program can be found within the respective category show on the left side of out Webpage.
Like the other Armed Services, the Coast Guard is required by Congress to maintain a disability evaluation system. The objectives of the system are to:
A Coast Guard member is referred into the PDES by an authorized convening authority with a recommendation as to whether the member is medically fit for the duties of his or her officer, grade, rank or rating.
The mere presence of medical impairment does not in and of itself justify a finding of unfitness. In each case, it is necessary to compare the nature and degree of physical disability present with requirement of the duties the Coast Guard member may be reasonably expected to perform because of office grade, rank or rating.