A reservist who is
physically disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, illness or
disease, is entitled to pay and allowances in accordance with 37 USC 204. The amount of pay and allowances authorized is determined in
accordance with the
Coast Guard Pay Manual,
and is dependent upon the member's military duty status of Not Fit for Duty
(NFFD) or Available for Limited Duty (AFLD), and the documented amount of
lost civilian earned income for the incapacitation pay claim period.
A reservist with an
approved Notice of Eligibility (NOE) for authorized medical care may file
for incapacitation pay as described below. Members who are unemployed at the time they incur or aggravate a line
of duty injury, illness or disease are not eligible for incapacitation pay
because they would not have a documented loss of civilian earned income.
Civilian earned income is
defined as follows: Income from non-military employment,
including self-employment. This
includes normal wages, salaries, professional fees, tips, or other
compensation for personal services actually rendered, as well as income from
taxable unemployment benefits, income protection plans, vacation pay, and
sick leave that the member elects to receive. It does not include rents, royalties, retirement pay, dividends or
interest, welfare payments, or other nontaxable Government benefits.
Claims for incapacitation pay shall be
processed as outlined below:
A letter from the member's civilian employer as outlined below
Letters from civilian employers must include the following:
Employer's mailing address
Supervisor's name and phone number
If member is NFFD: certification that member has not returned to work and the reason for
the member's absence; documentation of normal wages, salaries, professional
fees, tips, vacation pays, sick leave, disability insurance of any other compensation that the member
received during the incapacitation pay claim period.
If member is AFLD: certification that the member has returned to work and the reason that the member's income has been
reduced due to the injury or illness; documentation of the amount of income
that has been reduced due to the injury or illness during the period of the
incapacitation pay claim period.
In the case of a student who is receiving financial aid, certification must include
documentation from the educational institution that the member has not
returned to school along with documentation of the financial aid received.
PSC-rpm will validate incapacitation pay claims and forward valid claims to PPC (SES) for processing.
Incapacitation pay certifications shall be provided for periods not to exceed one month.
Incapacitation pay may not be provided for a period greater than six months unless approved by CG-131.
PSC-rpm will review and endorse any request for incapacitation pay greater than six months and forward it to CG-131 for