Short Agency Briefing - U.S. Department of Defense

Short Agency Briefing - U.S. Department of Defense

Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA) Serving Soldiers, Soldiers, Veterans, Veterans, and and their their Families, Families, Serving with Justice, Justice, Equity, Equity, and and Compassion Compassion with Mission and Functions The Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA) in Arlington, Virginia decides over 23,800 administrative cases annually for the Secretary of the Army through its 14 component boards for Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families with justice, equity, and compassion in order to maintain trust with the American people. ARBA is authorized 135 personnel (119 civilians and 16 military) with 157 DA senior civilian volunteer board members for the Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR).

Makes decisions based on the individual merits of each case. Presents decisions in a clear and concise response in a timely manner. Provides Secretary of the Army oversight of Army prisons. Responsive to the Secretary of the Army and other Army leaders with systemic feedback. 2 ARBA Principles Trust is is the the bedrock bedrock upon upon which which we we ground ground our our relationship relationship with with the the Trust American people. people. Trust Trust reflects reflects the the confidence confidence and and faith faith that

that the the American American American people have have in in the the Army Army to to effectively effectively and and ethically ethically serve serve the the nation, nation, while while people resting easy easy that that the the Army Army is is no no threat threat to to them. them. resting ADRP 11 The The Army

Army Profession-Initial Profession-Initial Draft Draft 25 25 Sep Sep 2012 2012 ADRP As a Field Operating Agency reporting to the Secretary of the Army, ARBA assists in self-regulating the Army to maintain trust with Soldiers, Veterans, their Families and ultimately the American people. Applies Army Values and Regulations consistently across the Army in board decisions. Every applicants issues are analyzed and reviewed in a fair, objective manner. Treats all applicants with dignity and respect. Army Values Values Army Loyalty Loyalty Duty Duty Respect Respect Selfless Service Service Selfless Honor

Honor Integrity Integrity Personal Courage Courage Personal 3 FY 14 Priorities Meet and exceed Congressional Mandate for case processing time (90% within 10 months 100% within 18 months) Support Secretary of the Army and ASA (M&RA) priorities and initiatives Proactively pursue legislative and regulatory changes to improve our service to customers Continuous business process analysis and improvements Trend analysis of cases and systemic corrective actions Outreach and responsiveness to Congress, Veterans Organizations, and Army Commands National Re-accreditation of Clemency and Parole Board 4 ARMY REVIEW BOARDS AGENCY 5 ARBA Boards

Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB) Army Grade Determination Review Board (AGDRB) Army Board of Review for Eliminations (ABRE) Military Review Boards Army Ad Hoc Board (AAHB) (MRB) Army Active Duty Board (OTRA Officers) (AADB) Army Special Review Board (ASRB) evaluations DA Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) DA Conscientious Objector Review Board (DACORB) Army Physical Disability Appeal Board (APDAB) Army Physical Disability Review Board (APDRB) Army Disability Rating Review Board (ADRRB) Interment, Inurnment, & Memorialization Review Board (IIMRB) Army Clemency and Parole Board (ACPB) (Army Decision Authority for DoD Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)) 6

Procedural Highlights - Most Boards 1. 2. 3. 4. Soldier/Veteran/Family Member submits an application: Applicant bears the burden of proof Must exhaust other administrative remedies ARBA Staff analyzes the case: Presumption of administrative regularity Boards are not investigative bodies Assembles facts from military records, advisory opinions, applicants supporting evidence, regulations, and laws Some cases are administratively closed if there are no records, case is not appropriate for Board review, or issue can be corrected administratively Staff analysis and case materials are submitted to a Board for consideration and vote Board or DASA decision is transmitted to the applicant and, if applicable, to the appropriate Army staff office for implementation 7 Army Board for Correction of Military Records Board of of 33 DA DA Senior

Senior Civilians Civilians Board The highest administrative board in the Army established by Title 10, U.S. Code, section 1552 to correct errors and injustices in military records. Army Administrative Supreme Court Awards Separations Promotions Retirements Disabilities Evaluation Reports Pay and Allowances Survivor Benefit Plans Homes of Record Titling Decisions Clemency Petitions Memoranda of Reprimand 16,245 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 16,245 8 Army Discharge Review Board Board of of 55 Colonels/Lieutenant Colonels/Lieutenant Colonels

Colonels Board Established by Title 10, U.S. Code, section 1553 to review discharges of former Soldiers: - For propriety and equity - 15-year statute of limitations - Excludes General Court Martial discharges and disability separations Procedures include: - Personal appearance and records review - Priority processing for Army diagnosed PTSD cases with Doctor on the Board Factors commonly considered by the Board: - Propriety: due process, limited use - Equity: characterization too harsh, isolated act, PTSD contributed 3,475 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 3,475 9 Other Military Review Boards Board of of 33 Colonels Colonels // Sergeants Sergeants Major Major Board Army Special Review Board (ASRB)

- Enlisted Evaluation Appeals - Officer Evaluation Appeals DA Suitability Evaluation Board 173 Enlisted Enlisted Cases Cases 173 111 Officer Officer Cases Cases 111 in FY13 FY13 in 520 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 520 (DASEB) - Unfavorable Information filing appeals Board of of 33 Colonels, Colonels, 11 Attorney, Attorney, and and 11 Chaplain Chaplain Board

DA Conscientious Objector Review Board (DACORB) Category 1-O = separation Category 1-A-O = reassignment 17 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 17 to non-combatant duties 10 Grade Determination & Officer Separation Boards Board of of 33 Colonels Colonels or or General General Officers Officers Board Army Grade Determination Review Board Determines highest grade in which a member served satisfactorily: - Enlisted Soldiers/warrant officers after serving 30 total years on active and retired lists 809 Cases Cases FY13 FY13 809 - Officer grade at time of retirement

- At separation for disability Army Board of Review for Eliminations Reviews records and briefs of officers who have been recommended for elimination for misconduct or substandard performance by Boards of Inquiry in the field 125 Cases Cases FY13 FY13 125 11 Grade Determination & Officer Separation Boards Board of of 33 Colonels Colonels Board Army Ad Hoc Board - Officer resignations for the good of the service in lieu of general court-martial - Resignations/discharges in lieu of elimination - Probationary officer elimination cases 281 Cases Cases FY13 FY13 281 12

Disability Boards Board of of 33 Colonels Colonels // Lieutenant Lieutenant Colonels Colonels (1-2 (1-2 Medical Medical Corps) Corps) Board Army Physical Disability Appeal Board (APDAB) Adjudicates disability ratings given active duty Soldiers in the disability pipeline referred from the Physical Disability Agency (PDA) Army Physical Disability Review Board (APDRB) Reviews claims by Soldiers retired or released from active duty without pay for physical disability; 15 year statue of limitation Army Disability Rating Review Board (ADRRB) Hears petitions from retired Soldiers (retired less than five years) for relief pertaining to percentage ratings for physical disability Total == 44 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 Total 13 Disability Boards

DASA (Review (Review Boards) Boards) is is the the Decision Decision Authority Authority DASA for Army Army Case Case Recommendations Recommendations from from the the for DoD Physical Physical Disability Disability Board Board of of Review Review (PDBR) (PDBR) DoD Service members who were medically separated between 11 September 2001 and 31 December 2009, with a combined disability rating of 20% or less and not found eligible for retirement. PDBR staffed by medical and board members from all services Administrative support for the PDBR provided by US Air Force US Army PDA takes corrective actions approved by the DASA(RB) 2,082 cases to date

Total == 1,052 1,052 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 Total 14 Army Clemency and Parole Board (ACPB) Mission: Make independent, impartial decisions and recommendations for Army prisoners eligible for Parole (10 USC 952), Clemency (10 USC 953), Mandatory Supervised Release (DoDI 1325.07), Restoration to Duty, and transfer to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In coordination with Federal, State, and local law enforcement and corrections partners - promote public safety, observe victims rights, and through judicious administration of release and supervision of Army supervisees, minimize risk while supporting successful offender reentry. Civilian Chair, Chair, 11 Civilian Colonels/Lt Colonels/Sr Colonels/Sr Civilians,

Civilians, 33 Colonels/Lt Legal Advisor Advisor 11 Legal 995 Cases Cases in in FY13 FY13 995 15 Online Resources ARBA Website: http://arba.army.pentagon.mil - Information on ARBA Boards and applicant procedures - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers; ABCMR Applicants Guide - Printable DD Form 149 (ABCMR) and DD Form 293 (ADRB) - ONLINE APPLICATION for ABCMR and ADRB!! Online Application: http://actsonline.army.mil - Apply electronically to ABCMR and ADRB - Guides applicants through the process and provides helps - Signature page is printed at the end of the online application, signed and mailed to ARBA with supporting documents - Applicants can check application status online ARBA Case Tracking System (ACTS) - Case tracking and management ARBA Intranet - Shareportal - Single source for ARBA staff resources and information 16 Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA)

Serving Soldiers, Soldiers, Veterans, Veterans, and and their their Families, Families, Serving with Justice, Justice, Equity, Equity, and and Compassion Compassion with 17

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