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6.5.9 Medical Discharges and ADF Medical Boards

A medical discharge is an involuntary termination of the person's employment by the ADF on the grounds of permanent or at least long-term unfitness to serve, or unfitness for operational deployment.

Involuntary medical discharges from the ADF are made on the recommendation of a Medical Employment Classification Review Board (MECRB) which examines the member and also examines his/her medical record for the purposes of determining whether he/she is incapacitated in the long term, for Defence service.  Following a recommendation to discharge a person as Medical Class 4 (MEC 4), that member has the opportunity to appeal that decision, and to provide reasons why he/she should not be discharged.  This is of course, an administrative matter involving only the person and the Department of Defence.