c. Commissioned and Warrant Officers. Commissioned officers and warrant
officers subject to nondisability administrative proceedings which may result in separation
under "other than honorable" conditions and who are believed to be unfit because of
physical disability are processed for physical disability concurrently with nondisability
administrative separation action. In these instances, final determination of the appropriate
disposition is made by the Secretary of the Army.
5-15. POWERS, FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Secretary of the Army. The Secretary or designee, unless otherwise
specified, reserves all of the powers, functions, and duties incident to the physical disability
b. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (DCSPER). The DCSPER has
overall staff responsibility for the Army physical disability evaluation system.
c. The Commanding General, U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency
(USAPDA). Under the general staff supervision of the DCSPER, the USAPDA is
responsible for operation of the Army physical disability evaluation system, including:
(1) Interpretation and implementation of policies emanating from higher
(2) Development of policies, procedures, and programs of the Army physical
disability evaluation system.
(3) Coordination with other military departments to ensure that applicable laws,
policies, and directives are interpreted uniformly so that a member of the Army will be
granted benefits substantially the same as a member of another service under similar
(4) Command and management of the physical evaluation boards, which are
subordinate elements of the USAPDA.
(5) Review of physical evaluation board proceedings using the Army Disability
Review Council, a staff element of USAPDA, to assure that individuals are accorded
uniform and equitable consideration under applicable laws, policies, and directives.
d. The Commanding General, Personnel Command (PERSCOM). The
PERSCOM is responsible for administrative actions in finalizing physical disability cases
for the Secretary of the Army based on recommendations of the USAPDA or the Army
Physical Disability Appeals Board. The PERSCOM controls and maintains the temporary
disability retired list.