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4.1.1 The ADF Medical Employment Classification (MEC) System

The table below provides broad definitions of the five categories within the MEC system.

The MEC is determined according to each member's primary military occupation. The assessment takes into account the environment in which the person is expected to perform when deployed, as well as any additional tasks which a member could be expected to perform as part of their general military duties. The MEC is reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is appropriate for the person's current circumstances.

Medical Employment Classification (MEC) System

The categories according to the Defence Instructions General (DIG) Pers 16-15

Category

Definition

Medical Employment Classification (MEC) System

MEC 1

Fully Employable and Deployable

Sub-classifications

J11Fully Employable and Deployable

J12Fully Employable and Deployable with an Identified Requirement for Limited Materiel Re-supply

MEC 2

Employable and Deployable with Restrictions

Sub-classifications - Joint

J21 Restricted Deployment – Defined Limitations

J22 Restricted Deployment – Defined Limitations and/or Required Materiel Support

J23Restricted Deployment – Defined Limitations and/or Required Materiel Support and/or access top Health Support up to Medical Officer Support – reviewed at Unit Medical Employment Classification review (UMECR) at least every two years

J29Limited Deployment – MECRB assigned only – Defined Limitations and/or Required Material Support and Defined Access to Role 2E Health Service

 

Sub-classifications – Maritime

M24Maritime Environment – Defined Limitations and/or Required Materiel support and/or access to Health Support – minimum of Advanced Medical Assistant or Nursing Officer support

M25Maritime Environment – Defined limitations and/or Required Materiel Support and/or Access to Health Support – minimum of Clinical Manager

M26Maritime Environment – Defined Limitations and/or Required Materiel Support and/or Access to Health Support – minimum Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Medical Officer Support (Fleet Medical endorsed only)

 

Sub-classifications - Land

L27Land Environment – Restricted Deployment – MECRB assigned only capable of performing limited offensive and full combat defence duties

L28Land Environment – Limited Deployment – MECRB assigned only – capable of performing combat defensive duties only

MEC 3

Rehabilitation

Sub-classifications

J31Rehabilitation – defined period up to 12 months

J32Extended Rehabilitation – MECRB assigned only – defined period up to 24 months

J33Pregnancy – defined period of up to 24 months

J34Temporarily non-effective – defined period between 28 days and four months

MEC 4

Employment Transition

Sub-classifications

J40Holding temporary – Confirmation and allocation of suitable MEC classification pending MECRB determination

J41Alternate Employment – MECRB assigned only

J42Employment at Service Discretion – MECRB assigned only – duration up to five years at any one time

J43Extended Transition – MECRB assigned only – Duration up to three years to support transition from the ADF

J44Extended Non-effective – MECRB assigned only – Not fit for work for a defined period between four and 12 months

MEC 5

Separation

Sub-classifications

J51Not Employable on Medical Grounds – Medically unfit and not employable other than within applicable restrictions in the period leading up to termination

J52Not Employable on Medical Grounds – Non-effective and unable to be employed in the period leading up to termination

 

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