Military Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations.
Fitness-for-duty evaluations make up a broad field because of the wide variety of duties, expectations, responsibilities, work environments, and skills needed by the many different types of jobs performed in the military. The most common fitness-for-duty evaluation will answer the following question: Are particular service members able to safely and effectively perform their jobs from a mental health or neuropsychological standpoint? Other, more focused evaluations may also be requested for the assessment of individuals to perform specialized duties or hold a particular status, as well as disability evaluations and forensic assessments secondary to court-ordered sanity boards. Although this chapter's primary focus is on traditional fitness-for-duty evaluations, a short discussion of several of these other forms of evaluation is also included. To provide some clarity about the fitness-for-duty evaluation process, this chapter discusses key issues that commonly arise in these types of evaluations. However, as there are some relatively minor idiosyncrasies among the services, it is recommended that the reader consult that service's regulations for specific guidance. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)