Section VIII. APPEAL AGENCIES FOR EX-SERVICE MEMBERS
5-38. ARMY DISABILITY RATING REVIEW BOARD (ADRRB)
This board is a component of the Army Council of Review Boards. It reviews
disability percentage ratings on request of a member who was retired because of a
physical disability. The ADRRB may modify or amend a fully executed retirement order of
a member retired because of physical disability if:
a. The original order was based on fraud or mistake of law.
b. The member was not granted a full and fair hearing when the member had made
timely demand for such hearing.
c. Substantial new evidence exists which, by due diligence, could not have been
presented before disposition and the evidence would have warranted assigning a higher
percentage of disability if present before disposition.
5-39. ARMY DISABILITY REVIEW BOARD (ADRB) AND ARMY BOARD FOR
CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORDS (ABCMR)
These are statutory boards established by the Secretary of the Army (SA).
Technically, these boards are not a part of the Physical Disability Evaluation System.
However, they are closely related to the system, in their function of reviewing requests of
retired and former Army members for specific reconsideration of previous disability
a. Army Disability Review Board. An ex-officer separated for disability without
benefits may appeal to the ADRB which may recommend to the Secretary of the Army
findings contrary to those previously rendered.
b. Army Board for Correction of Military Records. In all other instances of
alleged error or injustice, an ex-member may apply to the ABCMR for review of his case.
This board is composed of civilians who are appointed in numbers specified by the
Secretary of the Army. The board is under direct supervision of the Under Secretary, and it
provides the mechanism by which the Secretary may direct changes in the individual's
existing records, void erroneous or unjust previous official action, and rate appropriate
corrective action restoring all previously denied benefits. Upon action by the SA, based on
recommendations of the ABCMR, military authority and control will cease.