Coast Guard Rolls Out Pilot IDES/VA Program
Until this year, unlike the other armed services, the Coast Guard had not participated in the Joint DOD/VA IDES program and has retained the traditional legacy PEB structure. This structure will begin to change in 2019, as the Coast Guard rolls out its own version of the IDES process at its pilot test sites at Alameda, Seattle, Clearwater, Yorktown and the Academy. The program is expected to go Coast Guard wide in 2020 but will have significant procedural differences from the traditional DOD/VA IDES program. I will be providing updated information for USCG members serviced by these medical facilities. throughout the months of January and February- so stayed tuned for further developments.