Major Change to TDRL Process
In a major change to the TDRL process, all service members placed on the TDRL with a retirement date on or after January 1, 2017 will no longer enjoy a five-year period in which their cases may be reviewed and finalized. For persons retiring on or after January 1, 2017, all cases will be adjudicated within a three-year window. This means that it is vital for you to keep up with medical treatment for all conditions for which you were initially placed on the TDRL. For psychiatric cases, this means seeing a therapist- preferably a clinical psychologist, not a social worker or LPC- at least twice a month and a psychiatrist at least quarterly for meds management. For physical conditions, seeing a specialist quarterly should prove sufficient. If your retirement date was prior to January 1, 2017, then your case will be processed under the five-year review period.