FIGURE 5-1 Military disability compensation pathways.

NOTE: The TAP is left out of this flowchart but is part of all three pathways.

granted to “compensate for the loss of a military career” (DOD, 2006). To qualify for DOD disability compensation, a service-incurred or service-aggravated illness or injury must render a service member permanently unfit to perform the “duties of office, grade, rank, or rating” and must not be the result of “misconduct or willful neglect” (Howard, 2006). Disability is determined according to the effects that a condition has on a service member’s ability to perform according to military occupational specialty.

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