Permanent Limited Duty - United States Marine Corps Wounded

Report
2013
Permanent Limited Duty and Expanded
Permanent Limited Duty
PEB Liaison
Mr. Dean Trio
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Terminal Learning Objectives
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As an RCC help Marines and
families…
Prevent
Delays
Discuss the Permanent Limited Duty and Expanded Permanent
Limited Duty programs with Marines and families in a timely
manner
 Explain the application process

Reduce
Frustration

Help the Marine with the PLD request process
Achieve the
Best
Possible
Outcome

Assist the Marine with preparing a PLD request – make sure the
Marine puts the relevant information in his request
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PLD Benefit Profile
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Frequency
About 90% of Marines in the Recovery Care Program will be medically separated or medically
retired and are thus eligible to request PLD
Drawbacks
Staying on PLD for longer than twelve months means that the IDES findings may be revisited by
the Government
Importance
to Marines
The importance of PLD is highly personal; Marines can use PLD to burnish their job credentials,
secure adaptive housing, and other similar objectives that are hard to quantify
Challenges
There is no application form so Marines often don’t know what to put in their PLD request letter
If a Marine accepts the IDES findings conditionally but then decides not to apply for PLD, applies
but then rescinds, or his request is denied transition planning time can be greatly reduced
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Definition of Permanent Limited Duty
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 When a member is found Unfit for active duty by the PEB,
they may request that their disability determination be
deferred so they can continue to serve, with an appropriate
assignment limitation, in a permanent limited duty status
for personal reasons, or to complete a period of obligated
service, current tour of service or twenty years of service (to
be eligible for retirement)
Unlike many benefits, there is no entitlement to PLD.
Rather, the Government will decide on a case by case basis
whether to authorize a PLD request
PAST PERFORMANCE is the
largest factor used by the Marine
Corps, especially per
Commanding Officer’s
endorsement when considering
PLD requests
The REASON provided by the
Marine when requesting PLD is a
large factor used by the Marine
Corps when considering PLD
requests
CONVENIENCE of the
GOVERNMENT is the final
factor used by the Marine Corps
when considering PLD requests
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Additional Considerations
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 A successful applicant for PLD should demonstrate:
• Ability to function in normal military environment
• He does not require an inordinate amount of medical care; Disabling
condition is stabilized
• Ability to contribute to the effectiveness of the Marine Corps and
maintain proper military appearance and weight control
• Marines are not promotable while on PLD
The Marine does not need to address these issues in his PLD Request. However,
the command endorsement carries great weight so if he anticipates the command
expressing concerns on any of these points he should address them preemptively
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Reasons for PLD
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 Marine’s may provide any reason in a PLD package.
However, the reason provided is a major factor in
evaluating a PLD package and some are more likely to be
approved than others.
• Retirement PLD: Marines with 18 years of service are encouraged to
apply so they can reach the normal retirement age (even if eligible for
a disability retirement vice severance the CRDP program makes 20
years of service a financially significant milestone)
• Medical Reasons: Continuity of medical care for self or spouse (esp.
for completion of pregnancy) is a reason likely to be approved
• EPLD: Marines intending to apply for EPLD should first apply for
PLD
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Approving Authority & Disposition Finality
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Length of
PLD
Requested
Approving
Authority:
Marines
Approving
Authority:
Sailors
1 - 60 days
President, PEB
President, PEB
No
61 - 90 days
MMSR-4
President, PEB
No
91 days - 12
months
MMSR-4
PERS-82
No
More than 12
months
MMSR-4
PERS-82
Yes
Marines need to be
aware that their rating
and disposition is
subject to change if they
stay on PLD for more
than 12 months
Disposition
subject to
change?
PLD requests are routed
through the Marine’s chain of
command until they reach
MMSR-4. For external
Marines the WWR has no
official role
Short term requests
for less than 60 days
to allow adequate
time to transition are
routinely granted
Requests by Sailors are
routed through the USN
rather than the USMC
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WOUNDED WARRIOR DETACHMENT-NMCSD
WOUNDED WARRIOR BATTALION-WEST
WOUNDED WARRIOR REGIMENT
34425 FARENHOLT AVE
SAN DIEGO, CA 92134-7601
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IN REPLY REFER TO:
1000
NMA
12 DEC 12
PLD Request
Letter
From:
To:
Via:
A standard Naval Letter
is used to request PLD
Corporal JOHN X. DOE XXX XX 1234/0311 USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps, (MMSR-4)
(1) Officer in Charge, Wounded Warrior Detachment, NMCSD
(2) Commanding Officer, Wounded Warrior Battalion-West
(3) Commanding Officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment
Subj:
PERMANENT LIMITED DUTY REQUEST IN CASE OF CORPORAL JOHN X. DOE
XXX XX 7161/0311 USMC
Ref:
(a) SECNAVIST 1850.4E
The Via should list all
intermediate
commands
Encl:
(1) Formal Findings of the PEB
(2) Non Medical Assessment
The reason for the PLD
request is included in
paragraph 2. The more
details the Marine
provides the better the
chance that PLD will be
approved.
2. The reason for this request is
1. I recently received and accepted my findings from the Physical
Evaluation Board to be placed on Temporary Disability Retired List with
a 100% disability rating. Pursuant to this finding, I am requesting to
remain on active duty in Permanent limited Duty (PLD) status until 30
September 2009 per reference (a).
3. For additional information, I can be reached at (555-555-5555) or
via e-mail: [email protected]
Cpl John X. Doe
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Audience
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 The PLD Request will be read by senior officers, both at
MMSR-4 and as it progresses up the chain of command
 Encourage the Marine to make the points and use the
language that is likely to resonate with this audience.
Exercise
On each of the two examples provided in the next two
slides, look for the ways in which the Marine is
directly writing to a senior officer audience.
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Sample PLD Request
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I am requesting PLD because I want to
apply for EPLD and I need the time to get
my application materials in.
I am requesting PLD in order to allow
sufficient time to prepare and submit an
expanded permanent limited duty package.
I am certain I can continue my career in a
meaningful way for both the United States
Marine Corps and myself. It is my intention
to request EPLD in order to become a
member of the Combat Shooting Team in
Quantico, VA and contribute to the
education of my fellow Marines. If granted
EPLD I am confident my knowledge and
experience will benefit my peers as well as
allow me to obtain my goal of retiring after
twenty years of service. I fully understand
that while I am requesting a specific MOS, I
am subject to the needs of the Marine Corps
and agree to meet those needs.
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Sample PLD Request
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I am requesting PLD because I want to finish an
internship with the Forest Service.
I am requesting PLD in order to allow sufficient
time to complete an internship with the Forest
Service. I began the internship on 17 March 2013,
shortly after my final VA exam was completed. If I
complete the internship I am confident that I will
be offered a full time position with the Forest
Service. Over the last three months I have learned
many new skills and begun adjusting to the civilian
work force. My intention when I enlisted was to
retire from the Marine Corps after serving for
twenty years. Now that this is no longer an option
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to continue
supporting my family and serving my Nation
through a position at the Forest Service. I am
certain I can complete this internship and embark
on a Federal career that will bring credit to the
United States Marine Corps even as it provides me
with financial security and a sense of purpose.
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PLD Process
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Start
Discuss PLD
with Marine
prior to
findings
Marine is
Interested
?
Marine accepts
findings
unconditionally
PLD discussions should
be part of the
Comprehensive Needs
Assessment for any
Marine in the IDES
Help includes:
•
Providing sample letter
•
Reviewing draft letter
•
Referring to SME
Help Marine
prepare PLD
request
Chain of Command will
be addressing past
performance; if the
Marine anticipates less
than a full endorsement
issues should be
addressed in his letter
Marine accepts
findings
conditionally
Call Deputy
Program
Manager for a
status on any
PLD request
NLT 30 days
before EAS –
NO PAY
PROBLEMS
Transition time will be
short if PLD is denied.
Some transition goal
actions can be started
while the application is
pending:
• Making an SBP decision
• Making a VGLI decision
Process Time
Marine
submits
application
through Chain
of Command
The intent is that the PLD
package is “ready to go” when
the findings are presented
Approved
?
Follow up on
transition goals
when 90 days
out
Complete all
transition goals
ASAP
If PLD is denied or
the Marine drops the
request, transition
time will be
extremely short
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EPLD
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EPLD Benefit Profile
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Frequency
Only combat wounded Marines who have been found unfit and have
already successfully applied for PLD can apply for EPLD. EPLD is an
option for only a small percentage of the Marines in the Recovery Care
Program
Drawbacks
Many Marines on EPLD will not be worldwide deployable. For some, this
means that life satisfaction on EPLD is not the same as it was pre-injury.
Importance
to Marines
The importance of EPLD is highly personal; for some Marines the ability
to be “Still in the Fight” is the most important benefit we offer
Challenges
There is no application form so Marines often don’t know what to put in
their EPLD request letter
The approval authority is vested in a selection board that recommends
candidates to the CMC. The process can be delayed.
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Definition of EPLD
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 Expanded Permanent Limited Duty (EPLD) is a program to
allow combat wounded Marines to have a full career while
serving in a limited duty status.
No Marine is entitled to EPLD. However, for a request
to be considered both of the criteria below must be met.
Found Unfit by the PEB
•
•
Combat-Wounded (Combat Code AC)
In addition the application should demonstrate that the
Marine is capable of performing in an MOS
•
Marine must first apply for PLD
to allow time to prepare EPLD
package
Marine’s ability to take the
PFT/CFT is not a factor in
considering an EPLD package;
however, if accepted the Marine
must pass any portion he is
physically capable of taking
Marine is not required to be
worldwide deployable to apply
for or stay on EPLD
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Common Pitfalls
PLD and EPLD
Discussion: How can an RCC help avoid these pitfalls?
• A Marine accepts his findings conditionally, but never completes a PLD
Request. When an EAS is established there is almost no time to
accomplish transition goals and actions
• A Marine wants PLD in order to complete an internship but doesn’t
provide a “good story” in his request and it is denied
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Resources
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Basic Resources
IDES Consultation Class
Formerly known as “DTAP”
PLD is covered
Advanced Resources
Wounded Warrior Regiment
PEB Liaison
Dean Trio
703-432-1856
RCC IDES Handbook
Companion to MegaLink sheets
http://www.rcckit.com/policy
WWR External Fact Sheet – ‘Staying Marine’
https://ehqmc.usmc.mil/sites/wwr/wrc/External%20F
act%20Slick%20Sheets/Staying%20Marine%20%20Permanent%20and%20Expanded%20Limited%20
Duty.pdf
WWR Internal Fact Sheet – ‘Staying Marine’
https://ehqmc.usmc.mil/sites/wwr/wrc/Internal%20Slick
%20Fact%20Sheets/Staying%20Marine%20%20Permanent%20and%20Expanded%20Limited%20Dut
y%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
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Knowledge Check
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Which of the following combat codes enables a Marine to apply for
EPLD?
Armed Conflict (AC)
Hazardous Service (HS)
Instrument of War (IW)
Simulation of War (SW)
A only
B only
C only
D only
All of the above
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Knowledge Check
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Which of the following Marines can submit a PLD request?
PFC Jones who is being transferred to the TDRL for non-combat related disabilities
Sgt Johnson who is being transferred to the PDRL for combat related disabilities (AC)
Capt Wilkins who is being medically separated for an illness that is not combat related
Cpl Jordan who is being medically separated for a back injury suffered during a
simulation of war (SW)
A only
B only
C only
D only
All of the above
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Questions
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