c. Losses (Dispositions). As explained earlier, the term "disposition" refers to
the act whereby the U. S. military medical center or hospital gives over the care of the
patient through discharge, death, separation/ retirement, or other termination of inpatient
status. This includes transfer of the patient to another U. S. military medical center or
hospital or any release of a patient who is not expected to return. The day of discharge is
the day on which the medical center or hospital formally terminates the period of inpatient
Returned to duty. An active duty returned to normal duty.
(2) Separation from service. An active duty patient separation from the military
with less than 20 years of service for other than disability reasons.
(3) Retired (length of service). An active duty patient retired from the military
after 20 or more years for nondisability reasons or for disability less then 30 percent.
(4) Retired (permanent disability retired list--PDRL).
Retirement of a member whose disability is permanent is placed on the PDRL, regardless
of whether they have 20 or more years of active duty service.
(5) Retired (temporary disability retired list--TDRL). A member placed on this
list is required to undergo a physical examination not less frequently than every 18 months
during a period not to exceed five years from the date placed on the list. The examination
is for the purpose of evaluating the members condition to determine whether he is fit for
return to active duty, should be continued on TDRL (if within the 5-year period), or be
transferred to the permanent disability retirement list. At the end of five years, the member
will be given the choice of returning to active duty or being separated from the service or
placed on the permanent disability retired list. Such action will be taken sooner if the
member's condition stabilizes to a degree to permit final disposition.
(6) AWOL over 10 days. A member gone past midnight of the tenth day is
dropped from the rolls. If the member returns after the tenth day, a new admission is made.
NOTE: Transactions (1) through (6) above apply to active duty personnel only .
(7) Discharged from hospital (use only for other than active duty military
personnel). A patient is released from the hospital and is not expected to return.
All other nonmilitary patients.