Military Separation and Retirement for Disability

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If you serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard and have a physical or mental medical condition that makes it impossible or unsafe for you to perform your duties, you may be separated from the military for disability. The Secretary of each branch of the military has the authority to find a service member unfit for duty due to disability. Here's how the military's Disability Evaluation System (DES) determines if you are fit for continued duty or if you should be given a disability discharge or retirement.

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