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2021 Annual Report Disability Evaluation System Analysis and Research (DESAR)
[Technical Report, Annual Report]
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD
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At the request of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs, the Disability Evaluation System Research and Analysis DESAR team was established to provide audits and studies of the Disability Evaluation System. Since 2009, DESAR has employed epidemiological research and advanced analytics to inform DOD retention and disability policy decisions aimed at improving readiness and lethality of warfighters. This report describes demographic, service and medical characteristics of service members evaluated for disability discharge by each service-specific Physical Evaluation Board between FY 2016 to 2020. Section 1 of this report provides metrics on disability evaluated service members, including rates and yearly trends by demographic characteristic, disposition, unfitting condition, and rating. Section 2 describes medical history, including pre-accession medical disqualifications, accession medical waivers, and hospitalizations within one year prior to disability evaluation among disability discharged service members.
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