Coast Guard Judge Advocate General


2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SW
Mail Stop 7213
Washington, DC 20593-7213

Office: 202-795-6918

The Office of Member Advocacy (CG-LMA), located in Washington, DC, is a multi-faceted organization responsible for providing members with legal services in four broad categories: Military Justice, and the Physical Disabilities Evaluation System (PDES).


Physical Disability Evaluation System (PDES)

Coast Guard members found not fit for continued service because of an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty are entitled to counsel beginning at the informal board level. Members are entitled to have counsel advocate on their behalf at both the informal and formal board levels. Alternatively, a member can decline detailed military counsel and hire a civilian attorney at his or her own cost. CG-LMA Judge Advocates further assist disabled members in making the transition from active duty to the civilian community by connecting them to vital services with other agencies such the Veterans Administration, the Navy Safe Harbor Program and the Social Security Administration.

PDES Frequently Asked Questions

PDES Member's Guide


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