DD Form 294 "Application for a Review by the Physical Disability Board of Review (Pdbr) of the Rating Awarded Accompanying a Medical Separation"

What Is DD Form 294?

DD Form 294, Application for a Review by the PDBR of the Rating Awarded Accompanying a Medical Separation from the Armed Forces of the United States is a form used to apply for a disability rating review if the applicant is separated but not retired for being medically unfit.

An updated DD Form 294 fillable version is available for download below or can be found through the Executive Services Directorate website.

The latest release of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 294 - was introduced by the Department of Defense (DoD) in January 2009 with all previous editions being obsolete. The DD 294 is unclassified and officially approved for public release. The disclosure of the data pertaining to filing the application is voluntary. However, failure to provide the requested information or providing incomplete information may hinder the processing of the application.

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APPLICATION FOR A REVIEW BY THE PHYSICAL DISABILITY BOARD OF REVIEW (PDBR)
OF THE RATING AWARDED ACCOMPANYING A MEDICAL SEPARATION
OMB No. 0704-0453
FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
(Please read Instructions on Page 3 BEFORE completing this application.)
The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 45 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Executive Services Directorate, Information Management Division,
1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155 (0704-0453). Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for
failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.
PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ORGANIZATION. RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE
BOTTOM OF PAGE 2.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10. U.S.C. 1554(a); E.O. 9397.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To apply for a review of the disability rating awarded to an individual separated but not retired for being medically unfit.
ROUTINE USE(S): The "Blanket Routine Uses" published at the beginning of the DoD's compilation of Systems of Records Notices apply to this
system.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure to provide identifying information may impede processing of this application. The request for Social
Security Number is strictly to assure proper identification of the individual and appropriate records.
1. APPLICANT DATA (The person whose discharge is to be reviewed.) (Print or type all information.)
a. BRANCH OF SERVICE
(X one)
ARMY
MARINE CORPS
NAVY
AIR FORCE
COAST GUARD
d. DATE OF SEPARATION
b. NAME
c. PAY GRADE
(YYYYMMDD)
e. SOCIAL SECURITY NO.
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(Must be between 11 September 2001 and 31
(at time of separation)
December 2009 for review) (May be extended)
2. FINAL DISABILITY RATING AWARDED BY SERVICE FOR UNFITTING CONDITION(S)
(X one)
0%
10%
20%
3. ISSUES WHY THE RATING FOR THE CONDITION(S) WHICH RENDERED THE MEMBER UNFIT SHOULD BE CHANGED: (Continue in Item 12
if necessary)
4. IN SUPPORT OF THIS APPLICATION, THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED AS EVIDENCE: (Continue in Item 13
if necessary)
5. VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) RATING INFORMATION (X all that apply)
a. I have received a VA disability rating that includes the condition(s) for which I was found unfit.
YES
NO
N/A
If Yes, I have also been rated for other conditions (list all other conditions in Item 14).
PENDING
b. I have attached my VA determination letter (answer N/A if answer to 5.a. is No or Pending).
YES
NO
N/A
If No, explain in item 14. See item 5 of instructions for pending determinations.
6. VA CONSENT (X one)
To review my service disability rating, I
do
do not consent to the release of my VA records. I understand that I need to complete,
sign and return the attached VA form 3288 (that has been partially completed as an aid for my use) with my application. I further understand the
PDRB will send my signed consent to VA for action and that the VA will provide the requested information to the PDRB directly.
7.a. COUNSEL/REPRESENTATIVE
NAME
AND ADDRESS
b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
(If any)
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(See Item 7 of the instructions on Page 3 about counsel/representatives.)
c. E-MAIL
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
8. APPLICANT MUST SIGN IN ITEM 11 BELOW. If the record in question is that of a deceased or incompetent person, LEGAL PROOF OF DEATH
OR INCOMPETENCY MUST ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION. If the application is signed by other than the applicant, indicate the name
(print)
and relationship by marking a box below.
SPOUSE
WIDOW
WIDOWER
NEXT OF KIN
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
OTHER (Specify)
b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
9.a. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS OF APPLICANT OR PERSON IN ITEM 8 ABOVE
(Forward notification of any change in address.)
c. CELL PHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
d. E-MAIL
CASE NUMBER
10. I have read the attached instruction for this item and understand that by requesting this review I give up my
right under 10 U.S.C. 1552 to petition my Service's Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records to review
(Do not write in this space)
and correct the rating for the medical condition(s) which made me unfit. I make the foregoing statements,
as part of my claim, with full knowledge of the penalties involved for willfully making a false statement or
claim. (U.S. Code, Title 18, Sections 287 and 1001, provide that an individual shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.)
11.a. SIGNATURE (REQUIRED) (Applicant or person in Item 8 above)
b. DATE SIGNED
(YYYYMMDD)
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APPLICATION FOR A REVIEW BY THE PHYSICAL DISABILITY BOARD OF REVIEW (PDBR)
OF THE RATING AWARDED ACCOMPANYING A MEDICAL SEPARATION
OMB No. 0704-0453
FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
(Please read Instructions on Page 3 BEFORE completing this application.)
The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 45 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Executive Services Directorate, Information Management Division,
1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155 (0704-0453). Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for
failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.
PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ORGANIZATION. RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE
BOTTOM OF PAGE 2.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10. U.S.C. 1554(a); E.O. 9397.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To apply for a review of the disability rating awarded to an individual separated but not retired for being medically unfit.
ROUTINE USE(S): The "Blanket Routine Uses" published at the beginning of the DoD's compilation of Systems of Records Notices apply to this
system.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure to provide identifying information may impede processing of this application. The request for Social
Security Number is strictly to assure proper identification of the individual and appropriate records.
1. APPLICANT DATA (The person whose discharge is to be reviewed.) (Print or type all information.)
a. BRANCH OF SERVICE
(X one)
ARMY
MARINE CORPS
NAVY
AIR FORCE
COAST GUARD
d. DATE OF SEPARATION
b. NAME
c. PAY GRADE
(YYYYMMDD)
e. SOCIAL SECURITY NO.
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(Must be between 11 September 2001 and 31
(at time of separation)
December 2009 for review) (May be extended)
2. FINAL DISABILITY RATING AWARDED BY SERVICE FOR UNFITTING CONDITION(S)
(X one)
0%
10%
20%
3. ISSUES WHY THE RATING FOR THE CONDITION(S) WHICH RENDERED THE MEMBER UNFIT SHOULD BE CHANGED: (Continue in Item 12
if necessary)
4. IN SUPPORT OF THIS APPLICATION, THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED AS EVIDENCE: (Continue in Item 13
if necessary)
5. VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) RATING INFORMATION (X all that apply)
a. I have received a VA disability rating that includes the condition(s) for which I was found unfit.
YES
NO
N/A
If Yes, I have also been rated for other conditions (list all other conditions in Item 14).
PENDING
b. I have attached my VA determination letter (answer N/A if answer to 5.a. is No or Pending).
YES
NO
N/A
If No, explain in item 14. See item 5 of instructions for pending determinations.
6. VA CONSENT (X one)
To review my service disability rating, I
do
do not consent to the release of my VA records. I understand that I need to complete,
sign and return the attached VA form 3288 (that has been partially completed as an aid for my use) with my application. I further understand the
PDRB will send my signed consent to VA for action and that the VA will provide the requested information to the PDRB directly.
7.a. COUNSEL/REPRESENTATIVE
NAME
AND ADDRESS
b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
(If any)
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(See Item 7 of the instructions on Page 3 about counsel/representatives.)
c. E-MAIL
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
8. APPLICANT MUST SIGN IN ITEM 11 BELOW. If the record in question is that of a deceased or incompetent person, LEGAL PROOF OF DEATH
OR INCOMPETENCY MUST ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION. If the application is signed by other than the applicant, indicate the name
(print)
and relationship by marking a box below.
SPOUSE
WIDOW
WIDOWER
NEXT OF KIN
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
OTHER (Specify)
b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
9.a. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS OF APPLICANT OR PERSON IN ITEM 8 ABOVE
(Forward notification of any change in address.)
c. CELL PHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
d. E-MAIL
CASE NUMBER
10. I have read the attached instruction for this item and understand that by requesting this review I give up my
right under 10 U.S.C. 1552 to petition my Service's Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records to review
(Do not write in this space)
and correct the rating for the medical condition(s) which made me unfit. I make the foregoing statements,
as part of my claim, with full knowledge of the penalties involved for willfully making a false statement or
claim. (U.S. Code, Title 18, Sections 287 and 1001, provide that an individual shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.)
11.a. SIGNATURE (REQUIRED) (Applicant or person in Item 8 above)
b. DATE SIGNED
(YYYYMMDD)
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12. CONTINUATION OF ITEM 3 (If applicable)
13. CONTINUATION OF ITEM 4 (If applicable)
14. CONTINUATION OF ITEM 5 (If applicable)
15. REMARKS (If applicable)
MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO THE ADDRESS BELOW:
SAF/MRBR
ATTN: PDBR INTAKE UNIT
550 C STREET WEST, SUITE 41
RANDOLPH AFB TX 78150-4743
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING DD FORM 294
Please print or type all information. Items are self-explanatory unless otherwise noted below.
Item 1.b. Use the name which you served under while in the Armed Forces. If your name has been changed, then also include your
current name after adding the abbreviation "AKA". If the former member is deceased or incompetent, see Item 8.
Item 2. Indicate the percentage of disability rating for the condition(s) which rendered you unfit. This is the only rating that the
PDBR will review.
Item 3. You may, but are not required to, explain why you believe the rating is inaccurate. If you make no assertion, your rating will
still be reviewed for accuracy and fairness.
Item 4. In accordance with DoDI 6040.44, you will be afforded at least two weeks prior to a review of your rating to provide
documentary evidence outside DoD possession (including, for example, evidence from civilian medical providers). Unless requested
by a Service Record Assembly Unit, you need not provide your Service medical records or the record of your disability separation.
Item 5. Indicate whether you have received a VA rating for the unfitting condition(s) and whether you have been rated for another
condition(s). You must include the VA determination letter or explain why you do not have it available. The PDBR will consider the
rating awarded by the VA for your unfitting condition(s) and compare it in reviewing your Service disability rating with particular
attention to a VA rating with an effective date within 12 months of your separation. (See DoDI 6040.44 Enclosure 3, paragraph 5(a)(4)
for more details.) Delay submitting this application if you want the PDBR to consider a pending VA rating; it will not reconsider a case.
Item 6. This consent is required for the PDBR to gain access to your VA records. If you do not consent, the PDBR will review your
disability rating, but will not conduct the comparison discussed in Item 5 above.
Item 7.a. - d. Skip or enter N/A (not applicable) if you do not have a representative/counsel. If you later obtain the services of either,
inform the Board immediately. The military services do not provide counsel representation nor do they pay the cost of such
representation. Contact your local VA office or Veterans Service Organization for further information about other organizations that
may assist you.
Item 8. If the former member is deceased or incompetent, the application may be submitted by the next of kin, a surviving spouse or
a legal representative. Legal proof of death or incompetency and satisfactory evidence of the relationship to the former member must
accompany this application.
Item 9.a. Indicate the address to be used for correspondence regarding this application. If you change this address while this
application is pending, you should notify the PDBR immediately.
Item 10. By requesting a PDBR review, you are giving up your right under 10 U.S.C. 1552 to petition your Service's Board for
Correction of Military/Naval Records to subsequently review the rating for the medical condition(s) which rendered you unfit.
The decision of the Secretary on this issue will be final. You may still ask your Service Board for Correction of Military/Naval
Records (BCMR/BCNR) to consider other issues including those related to your disability separation. If you have filed with
your Service BCMR/BCNR prior to the implementation of DoDI 6040.44 (June 27, 2008), you may still request PDBR review of your
disability rating.
COMPARISON - BCMR/BCNR VS. PDBR REVIEW OF RATING
CHARACTERISTIC
BCMR/BCNR
PDBR
Panel Composition
3 civilians in grade of GS-15 and above.
3 military officers in grade of 05/06 (or civilian equivalents.
Medical separation 20% or less where member did not
May apply for review of military record, within three years
Review Authority
retire finalized between 11 September 2001 and 30
of error/injustice (may be waived in the interest of justice).
September 2009 (may be extended).
Application submitted, then case summarized by PDBR
Application submitted, medical, personnel or legal
medical member (or other experts) for presentation to
Review Process
advisories prepared and served on applicant with chance
PDBR before vote. Applicant can submit records from
to comment before panel review and vote.
non-DoD sources.
Panel Outcome
Recommendation or decision.
Recommendation only.
Member has the burden of proof to establish error or
Member need not allege anything, review accomplished
Burden of Proof
injustice. There is a presumption of regularity.
upon request.
Standards
Will correct errors in records and/or remove an injustice.
Rating reviewed for fairness and accuracy.
Impact of subsequent VA
Will compare VA rating with particular attention to one
Within discretion of the Board.
Rating
given within 12 months.
Item 11.a. and b. A signature and date, entered by the applicant or people identified in Item 8, are required.
DD FORM 294, JAN 2009
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How to Fill out DD Form 294?

The form is made up of three pages with filing guidelines provided on the third page. DD Form 294 instructions are as follows.

  1. Item 1 contains the personal identifying data of the individual filing the form. This includes their name, branch of service, pay grade at the moment of separation, date of separation and their Social Security number. Item 1b must specify the legal name of the service member during their service. If the name was later changed, the current name should also be specified;
  2. Item 2 identifies the previously awarded disability rating;
  3. The applicant may explain why they consider their current rating inaccurate in Item 3 and continue in Item 12 if additional space is necessary. The rating will be reviewed for fairness even if Item 3 is empty;
  4. Items 4 and 13 are for listing any attached evidence that may support the applicant's request. The applicant will have at least two weeks to gather the proof;
  5. Item 5 is for specifying whether the applicant has a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rating for the unfitting condition or has been rated for another condition. The VA determination letter must be included with the application;
  6. The applicant must consent to allowing the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to access their VA records by ticking the applicable box in Item 6. The PDBR will review the disability rating even if the consent is not given, but will not take the information provided in Item 5 into account;
  7. Item 7 provides the information about the representative or counsel if the applicant has one;
  8. A spouse, the next of kin, or legal representatives may submit the application for a deceased service member and identify themselves in Item 8;
  9. The address and contact information of the applicant or representative are provided in Item 9;
  10. Item 10 confirms the decision of the service member to give up their right to petition the Service's Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records to subsequently review the rating which rendered them unfit under 10 U.S.C. 1552;
  11. Item 11 contains the applicant's signature and the date of filing and Item 15 is for any additional remarks applicable to their case.
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