considered time lost, and the time must be made up at the end of enlistment. Physical
incapacitation is defined in AR 600-33 as a condition in which the member is so disabled
that he is comatose.
b. Forfeiture of Pay. When a service member is incapacitated for more than 24
hours because of drug or alcohol use, he must forfeit pay for the period of incapacitation.
c. Entitlement to Benefits (Army). Line of duty determination can affect disability
pay as well as posthumous promotion or appointment.
d. Entitlement to VA Benefits. Line of duty determination can also affect VA
benefits. Although Army findings are not binding, they may affect the VA decision on
survivors benefits or compensation to the service member. The VA is the final authority for
The following determinations or findings may result from a Line of Duty investigation:
a. In Line of Duty. An injury, or disease incurred, contracted, or aggravated while
the service member was:
(1) On active duty.
(2) Training in an active or reserve status.
(3) Excused from duty or training, or during a period of unexcused absence
(AWOL) when it is determined that the member was mentally unsound at the inception of
the AWOL, and the injury or disease was not proximately caused by intentional misconduct
or willful negligence of the member.
b. Not in Line of Duty--Not Due to Own Misconduct (NLD-NDOM). An injury or
disease was incurred, contracted, or aggravated while the member was AWOL, unless he
was mentally unsound at the inception of the absence and was not proximately caused by
intentional misconduct or willful negligence of the member.
c. Not in Line of Duty--Due to Own Misconduct (NLD-DOM). An injury or
disease was proximately caused by intentional misconduct or willful negligence of the
3-4. BASIC CONSIDERATIONS
a. Standard of Proof. Findings must be supported by substantial evidence and by
a greater weight of evidence than that which supports a different conclusion.