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Medical remuster....

CallOfDuty

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  Hey there guys, I have a question about getting medically remustered.  When getting medically remustered, are your choices narrowed down based on whether other trades are full or not?  For example, if I can fulfill the tasks of a Traffic tech or firefighter, and really want to be either, but they're full, can I still put in for those trades?
      I realize the best place to start would be the BPSO, but I'm not quite there in the process yet.  I just want to be able to look at the numbers, and make realistic choices.
  If anyone has been through the process I'd love to chat in a PM.
 

dogger1936

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Unfortunately they will give you your choices. You may end up with cook and thats it as an option.
 

CallOfDuty

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...that is unfortunate.  Do they base that on trade availability, or medical limitations?
 

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Steve-O- said:
...that is unfortunate.  Do they base that on trade availability, or medical limitations?

Both, I would think.
 

Bubbs25

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dogger1936 said:
Unfortunately they will give you your choices.

Hey there Steve-O,

I myself went through a medical remuster.  I was infantry, now waiting ACS Tech 3's.
You have 3 choices to make with the BPSO under a medical remuster.  The BPSO doesn't care what your med limits are.  They care about what choices you are making and will look at whats available to you.  The only ones that care about Med Limits are the Career Managers.  They look at what your med limits are, and can you be employed in the trade. 

The process for a Med remuster is if you already went through 2 T Cats and are going on a P Cat and no longer fit so to speak for your current trade. Then your med file goes to Ottawa for a Med File review.  There they will determine your Med Limits and future career, either a med release ( No longer meet UOS - Universiality of Service) or Med OT.

Once that info is sent back ( to your Unit, MO, BPSO etc )  If a Med OT is approved then you will get an appointment with the BPSO. There you will choose up to 3 trades. Keep in mind what your med limits are and minimum med limits for each trade.

You will be interviewed by the BPSO like a job interview.  They will write up there report, your Unit CO will have a report and any course reports will be provided and sent back to Ottawa.

Once your file is in Ottawa, it will be passed around to all the respective career managers by D Mil C reps. They will look at if you are employable based on med limits.  If approved by any( may be all ) you will be notified when a career manager has accepted and will send you an offer. Usually an officer will notify you about this and will council you on the decision.  In lamin terms, do you accept or not. If you accept, the career manager is notified as well as D Mil C.  Then your official message will be sent to you on when the OT is effective and have notes listed for pay, rank, if there is an environment change, seniority dates etc. 

I got my offer while in the field on Ex.

The Med OT process by passes any AVOTP, LOTP and can happen at anytime during the year, there is no limit on when like the other OTs mentioned

I hope that this has answered any questions you may have and if not, Im sure others will add to this.

Best of Luck.

 

CallOfDuty

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  Hey Bubbs....thank you very much for your detailed reply  :)  I'll be going on my PCAT after x-mas leave and am going batty wondering if I'm going to  be released or retained. 
Steve-O-
 

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Bubbs25 said:
The process for a Med remuster is if you already went through 2 T Cats and are going on a P Cat and no longer fit so to speak for your current trade. Then your med file goes to Ottawa for a Med File review.  There they will determine your Med Limits and future career, either a med release ( No longer meet UOS - Universiality of Service) or Med OT.
To clarify...the relevant portions of the medical file are sent to Ottawa, where D Med Pol determines any permanent Medical Employment Limitations.  Once that occurs, the MELs are sent to the career shop.  It is the folks in the career shop who determine if the MELs breach UOS, and who determine one of three options:
1)  Retain without Restrictions
2)  Release
3)  Offer a compulsory occupational transfer (COT)

Therefore, what is being offered by the career shop (not medical) is a COT.  Medical does not offer OTs.  Hope this helps.
 

CallOfDuty

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  Thanks Combat Doc.  When I brought the idea of a remuster vs. medical release up to my doctor, he said that is not happening as much anymore.  Essentially he said, if I have x amount of limitations, the other career managers would not be likely to accept my limitations if my own trade won't.
  I guess it all boils down to the severity of the MEL's....
 

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Steve-O- said:
  Thanks Combat Doc.  When I brought the idea of a remuster vs. medical release up to my doctor, he said that is not happening as much anymore.  Essentially he said, if I have x amount of limitations, the other career managers would not be likely to accept my limitations if my own trade won't.
  I guess it all boils down to the severity of the MEL's....
The Career Managers don't have a choice if your PCAT meets the minimum standard for the trade in question.  They can't decide to reject you based on their own view of your MELs. 
 

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Steve-O- said:
I guess it all boils down to the severity of the MEL's....
Exactly.  What is most important is what is written for the MELs, not the corresponding G & O factor numbers. 

For example, say you have some noise-induced hearing loss and need to see a specialist on an annual basis for another condition that is stable.  Your MELs would look something like: G_ Requires specialist follow-up not more frequently than every year for a stable medical condition.  O_ Maximum hearing protection. 

This is far different from an example of someone with an OSI, chronic, not stable, who requires ongoing treatment and cannot deploy.  In this case, MELs might be something like:  G_Requires specialist follow-up monthly.  O_Unfit operational deployment.
 
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