DoD Disability Retired Pay

The Department of Defense (DoD) compensates Soldiers who are retired for physical disability (Title 10, USC, Chapter 61). The Secretary of the Army (SA) may retire a Soldier of the Regular component who is found physically unfit to perform his or her duties due to a disability determined by the Army to be in the line of duty. To qualify for disability retirement, the Soldier must have completed at least 20 years of service creditable under Section 1208, Title 10, United States Code (10 USC 1208) or hold a combined disability rating of 30 percent or more for the disabilities determined to be unfitting for military duty. The 20-year threshold of 10 USC 1208 includes Reserve "equivalent duty service" (the product of the Soldier's membership and Inactive Duty Training (IDT) points divided by 360). This service is applicable to Regulars with former Reserve Service.