f. A permanent qualified reporter is assigned to the board by the appointing
g. Sufficient administrative support personnel are assigned to ensure that cases
are processed expeditiously. When required, civilian interpreters are provided by the
5-28. INFORMAL BOARD
a. Procedure. Each case is first considered by an informal PEB. Informal
procedures reduce the overall time required to process a case through the disability
evaluation system. An informal board must ensure that each case considered is complete
b. DA Form 199. (See figure 5-6.) The findings and recommendations of the
informal PEB are recorded on DA Form 199. If the soldier is on active duty, the original
form, signed by the president of the PEB, the soldier's copy, and the MTF's copy will be
promptly forwarded to the MTF commander concerned using the fastest means of
c. Soldier's election.
(1) DA Form 199, block 13, lists the election options available to the soldier for
informal determinations. These include the following:
(a) Concurrence with the findings and recommendations and waiver of a
(b) Nonconcurrence with the findings and recommendations; submission of
a rebuttal explaining the soldier's reasons for nonconcurrence; and waiver of a formal
(c) Demand for a formal hearing with or without personal appearance.
(d) Choice of counsel if a hearing is demanded.
(2) Soldiers indicate their elections by checkmark in block 13 and sign and date
the original and MTF copies of DA Form 199.
(3) The election must be received at the PEB within 10 days from the soldier's
receipt of the informal findings.