Section V. PHYSICAL EVALUATION BOARDS (PEB)
The PEB is a fact finding board established for the purpose of:
a. Investigating the nature, cause, degree of severity, and probable permanency of
the disabilities of members whose cases are referred to the board.
b. Evaluating the physical condition of the member against the physical
requirements of the member's particular office, rank, grade, or rating.
c. Providing a full and fair hearing for the member concerned.
d. Making findings and recommendations required by law to establish the eligibility
of a member for disability retirement or separation.
5-27. APPOINTMENT AND STAFFIN G
a. The U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency (USAPDA) establishes physical
evaluation boards and appoints members. A board is attached to the installation where
located for logistical and administrative support according to agreements between the
USAPDA, the installation, and the medical treatment facility. Table 5-2 lists PEB locations.
Part-time members are appointed to the boards with concurrence of the installation
commander in order to supplement or to replace, temporarily, full-time members and thus
allow prompt processing of disability cases at all times.
b. Each physical evaluation board is staffed with at least two field grade officers
and a medical member. The medical member must either be a field grade officer of the
U.S. Army Medical Corps or a Department of Army Civilian (DAC) physician on duty with
USAPDA. The medical member must not have served in any capacity with the MEBD that
referred the member to the PEB.
c. The president of the physical evaluation board, who is assigned by the
appointing authority, will be a senior personnel management officer; an alternate president
is authorized to avoid delay during the temporary absence of the permanent president. A
medical member is not authorized to preside as president or alternate. The president has
full responsibility for the board and its functions and for the legal, regulatory, and
adjudicative principles of the Department of the Army.