REVISED SECNAV GUIDANCE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION FOR CONDITIONS NOT AMOUNTING TO A DISABILITY:
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SUBJ/REVISED SECNAV GUIDANCE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION FOR CONDITIONS NOT
AMOUNTING TO A DISABILITY//
NARR/REF A IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE
AFFAIRS) MEMO. REF B IS DODI 1332.18, DISABILITY EVALUATION SYSTEM (DES).
REF C IS DODI 1332.14, ENLISTED ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATIONS.
REF D IS DODI 1332.30, COMMISSIONED OFFICER ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATIONS.//
RMKS/1. In line with reference (a), this NAVADMIN announces revised
administrative separation (ADSEP) guidance for service members with
conditions that interfere with the performance of duty, but are not
specifically listed as compensable under the Veterans Affairs Schedule for
Rating Disabilities (VASRD), also known as Conditions Not Amounting to a
2. Effective immediately, service members with conditions that interfere
with the performance of duty that are specifically listed as compensable
under the VASRD may be referred to the Disability Evaluation System (DES).
Service members with conditions that interfere with the performance of duty,
but are not specifically listed as compensable under the VASRD, may be
eligible for ADSEP for CnD as outlined in references (b) and (c). In
situations where the member has both types of conditions, referral to the DES
is required in line with reference (b). See reference (d) for officer
3. CnD is not appropriate, nor should it be pursued when ADSEP is warranted
on the basis of unsatisfactory performance or misconduct.
Separation of a service member for a condition for which the member has been
found fit for continued naval service by a physical evaluation board is not
authorized, unless the ADSEP is approved by the Secretary of Defense. ADSEP
processing will not be initiated until the service member is notified in
writing that the condition does not qualify as a disability. Prior to
involuntary separation, the notification procedure in reference (b),
enclosure (5), section 2, will be used. Documentation must include evidence
that the service member is unable to function effectively because of a CnD.
4. Medical officer recommendations for CnD ADSEP must be endorsed by a
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) appointed Medical Evaluation Board
(MEB) Convening Authority (CA) prior to delivery to the cognizant command.
MEB CAs will provide a separation recommendation to the command within five
business days for cases not requiring Flag Medical Department Officer review.
This review will include the appropriate International Statistical
Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) code.
5. A Flag Medical Department Officer review is required if the member has
one or more of the following: Personality Disorder as the basis for CnD
administrative separation, greater than four years of service, deployed to an
imminent danger pay area in the last 24 months, or ever completed, or is
flagged to complete, a Post- Deployment Health Assessment. MEB CAs will
forward the separation recommendation to the Commander of Navy Medicine East
or West for endorsement, as appropriate. For members of the U.S. Navy
assigned to a U.S. Marine Corps command, MEB CAs will forward the separation
recommendation to the Medical Officer/Director of Health Services of the
Marine Corps. Cognizant Flag officers shall endorse and make recommendations
on the MEB CA separation recommendation within five business days of receipt.
MEB CAs will provide a separation recommendation to the cognizant command
within a total of 10 business days for cases requiring a Flag Medical
Department Officer review.
6. Use guidance below to determine the appropriate Separation Authority
a. Commanding Officer, Navy Recruit Training Command serves as SA for
recruit personnel. This CnD policy applies to all administrative separation
actions for conditions not amounting to a disability, including entry level
separation members who have served less than 180 days.
b. For all enlisted cases where members are diagnosed with Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury, the SA is the Chief of
Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS), or higher authority. For such cases, see
MILPERSMAN 1910-702, (General Guidance for Separation
Authorities) for guidance regarding required screening for service members.
c. The first Flag officer in the chain of command is the SA for all
enlisted service members who have not been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI.
d. For all commissioned officers, the SA is the Secretary of the Navy
delegated down to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve
Affairs). The Show Cause Authority is the CHNAVPERS.
7. MILPERSMAN Article 1900-120 (Separation by Reason of Convenience of the
Government-Medical Conditions Not Amounting to a Disability) will be
promulgated to reflect requirements outlined in reference (a). Upon release
of MILPERSMAN Article 1900-120, MILPERSMAN Article 1910-120 (Separation by
Reason of Convenience of the Government-Physical or Mental Conditions) and
1910-122 (Separation by Reason of Convenience of the Government- Personality
Disorder) will be cancelled.
8. Points of contact (POCs) are Enlisted Performance and Separations, PERS-
832 at email@example.com, Officer Performance and Separations, PERS-
834 at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Reserve Enlisted Status, PERS-913 at PERS-
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, PERS-
email@example.com, or PERSfirstname.lastname@example.org. POCs may be
reached by phone through the MyNavy Career Center at (833) 330-MNCC.
9. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//