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Question:
What are the circumstances by which a service member may be medically retire?

Answer:
There are several steps a Soldier must go through in order to be medically retired. First, a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) must assess a Soldier’s condition. After a MEB has determined that a Soldier is unable to meet the medical retention standards as prescribed in AR 40-501, the case is referred to a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB), in accordance with AR 635-40. The PEB makes a determination as to whether or not the Soldier is physically fit. The case is reviewed by other counsels throughout the process and the Soldier has the right to concur or not with the results. When a Soldier is determined physically unfit, he/she is placed on the permanent disability retired list (PDRL) or the temporary disability retired list (TDRL), or he/she may be separated with or without benefits. Contact your local military treatment facility (MTF) for more information on the specifics of the MEB/PEB process.

Question:
What are the circumstances by which a service member may retire?

Answer:
Voluntary retirement rules and processing varies somewhat depending on your enlistment status (e.g., date of most recent promotion, rank, Active vs. Reserve, etc.). In general, you can be considered for voluntary requirement when you have completed 20 years of Active Federal Service. However, for more specific information about your eligibility and/or the retirement benefits you can expect to receive, contact the Retirement Services Office at your military installation.

Question:
What is the Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA)?

Answer:
The Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) permitted early retirement to selected military service members with more than 15 but less than 20 years of service who agreed to be registered for employment in public or community service organizations. The early retirement entitled the individual to receive all the normal retirement benefits of a person retiring with 20 years or more, except for a reduced retirement pay.
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