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Experience with Air Force Medical Board review

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i met a nurse that has a bad back already, has been in less than 6 month and is being medically "boarded" if she is not deployable, is the air force going to let her go? does anyone have experiences with air force medical boards? i was told it can take up to six months before they review the case.

wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia.

i met a nurse that has a bad back already, has been in less than 6 month and is being medically "boarded" if she is not deployable, is the air force going to let her go? does anyone have experiences with air force medical boards? i was told it can take up to six months before they review the case.

just because you get medically boarded doesn't mean you will be discharged from the af. medical boards are done all the time for a variety of medical reasons. the medical board will review her chart and see if they think she has treated to the full ability of the mpf/military services, if there is anything else that could be done to improve her condition, and finally to try to make some determination how this is going to effect the rest of her af career.

my personal opinion is that our whole reason to be in the military is to deploy, so if the condition is permanent or semi-permanent she should be released from ad and medically separated/retired. that way other ad people don't have to take up the slack for the extra work/deployments that she can no longer perform.

ad o-4s and up that are on permanent medical profiles are one of the reasons that af nurse promotions are so slow after o-3.

by the way she can always appeal the medical boards decision if she doesn't agree with the results.

jentrump29

Specializes in Med/Onc, Med/Surg, Stepdown, ICU. Has 10 years experience.

Sorry to change the subject...Spencer, isn't today the last day of COT? How was it?? Congrats on making it through!!