I got another letter in my vac account regarding CIA. Looks like they will be looking at my diminished earnings capacity and I will have an assessment done. I decided to see what I could find on DEC and the new CIA
Looks like the criteria to receive the PIA/CIA remains unchanged... so changes in grade levels appear unlikely... what I took away from my readings is that these new changes will make the supplement more accessible to CIA recipients based on DEChttp://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/help/faq/career-impact-allowance?utm_source=myvacaccount&utm_medium=broadcast&utm_campaign=da040317
Item 15 and 17 are interesting:
Q15. How do the changes increase acceptance at a higher grade level?
The new assessment looks at years left to serve based on a military career of 25 years and considers the degree of lost earning capacity (capability of earning adjusted pre-release salary) to determine the appropriate grade level.
Q17. What is the impact of a Veteran’s years left to serve?
VAC will determine how many years of a 25-year career a Veteran has served.
If the Veteran served more than 20 years, that means he/she they had less than 5 years left to serve. The lost military earnings potential does not affect the Veteran’s CIA (PIA) grade level assignment and the Veteran’s CIA (PIA) Grade will remain the same.
If a Veteran served between 0 and 20 years, that means he/she had more than 5 years left to serve. The Veteran’s CIA (PIA) grade could increase, depending on the level of earning capacity.
I guess it's a waiting game to see what really happens... I'm surprised to hear that some people already got letters stating that doing your 25 years makes you uneligible - as many people would have transitioned to civilian employment and used their military experience and skills to find employment paying similar salaries to their release salaries. Research shows that most retired military members getting out that keep working, have similar paying jobs civi side... so that's a little disheartening if only a 25 year career within the military is the only criteria used... I joined at 18 years - in 1990. Who would stop working at 43. I don't know anyone that is physically capable of working that has...
I did the majority of my service as a full time reservist - so I never hit the official 25 year or 9100 days... I was a Pension part 1 contributor... but when I was medically released, I was several years or days short of the 9100 qualifying pensionable days - so it will be interesting to see how my case is handled and if the use only my military career as the bench mark. I will post an update after I go through the DEC reassessment and let you all know what that involves and what the results are - so if there is other criteria involved, then others can use that information to make their own case