DOD Exempts Wounded from Separation Policy

Servicemembers wounded in combat will now be exempt from the new Department of Defense policy to be deployable in 12 months or face separation from the military. According to DOD Instruction 1332.45 (Retention Determinations for Non-Deployable Servicemembers), those servicemembers whose injuries were the result of hostile action, meet the criteria for awarding of the Purple Heart, and whose injuries were not the result of their own misconduct are approved for retention. Servicemembers who are not exempted are slated to be processed for administrative separation beginning Oct. 1.

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